Youngster collecting items to help four-legged friends in need

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SUMMERSIDE — For C.J. MacLellan, this Christmas won’t be about receiving — it will be about giving.

C.J. MacLellan shows off the Canadian Tire money he has already collected that will he donated to the P.E.I. Humane Society to help buy food for animals at the shelter. The 11-year-old is collecting the money, any pet toys and food along with old towels, facecloths and blankets to donate to the help the animals at Christmas.

For the second year in a row, the 11-year-old Kensington boy is collecting old blankets, towels, facecloths, animal toys and Canadian Tire money to donate to animals in need this holiday season.

The idea began after the daughter of family friend started gathering items to donate to the P.E.I. Humane Society.

“She did that in West Prince and my Mom had the idea of doing it with my Canadian Tire money,” said the youngster.

Mom, Melanie, added, “We grabbed our Canadian Tire money and our friends Canadian Tire money, towels and blankets and stuff that we had… and we took our donation down and we stayed about two hours.”

The family got a tour of the shelter, spent time with the animals and saw the need firsthand, which prompted C.J. to continue the effort this holiday season.

“It made me feel really sad because they didn’t have a home,” he said.

Friends, family and even strangers have been helping out by dropping off items or calling and messaging to have items picked up.

Melanie is proud of her son’s selflessness and desire to help others, particularly furry, four-legged friends who are waiting to find their forever family and home.

“Our theme this year is to do more things for others. He was shoveling walkways for our neighbours last week when we had the storm… and they are all elderly. He didn’t want any money for it,” said the mom. “It’s our Christmas goal this year.”

The modest youngster, who has a furry “brother” of his own — a rescued golden lab retriever mix named Dakota — loves animals.

“Maybe some of those animals might not have a home by Christmas, so they will feel special by having all those things,” said C.J. “They use them for washing down the animals and for bedding, too.”

Melanie added that the blankets and stuffed toys are sent home with the animals when they get adopted.

To date, C.J. has collected bags of towels, blankets and toys and accumulated more than $25 in Canadian Tire money. He hopes to collect at least $50 before dropping off the donations at the P.E.I. Humane Society sometime next week.

To help, email cmjmaclellan@pei.sympatico.ca.

 

nmacphee@journalpioneer.com

Organizations: Canadian Tire, P.E.I. Humane Society

Geographic location: Kensington, West Prince

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  • karen
    December 28, 2013 - 16:32

    I love this kid for doing this! I wish more people and the schools would put more focus on doing the same...and causing awareness at the same time..it would not only help the animals, but help condition kids to grow up to be more compassionate & Caring selfless adults, who would continue to help & make a big difference to this cause!

  • karen
    December 28, 2013 - 16:29

    I love this kid for doing this! I wish more people and the schools would put more focus on doing the same...and causing awareness at the same time..it would not only help the animals, but help condition kids to grow up to be more compassionate & Caring selfless adults, who would continue to help & make a big difference to this cause!

  • karen
    December 28, 2013 - 16:28

    I love this kid for doing this! I wish more people and the schools would put more focus on doing the same...and causing awareness at the same time..it would not only help the animals, but help condition kids to grow up to be more compassionate & Caring selfless adults, who would continue to help & make a big difference to this cause!

  • karen
    December 28, 2013 - 16:27

    I love this kid for doing this! I wish more people and the schools would put more focus on doing the same...and causing awareness at the same time..it would not only help the animals, but help condition kids to grow up to be more compassionate & Caring selfless adults, who would continue to help & make a big difference to this cause!

  • awesome
    December 13, 2013 - 07:38

    Way to go buddy! This is awesome, this proves there are still good kids and good parents. Animals need help too ! Thanks CJ ! Keep up the great work :)