Scraping together allowances, funds from the Tooth Fairy and other spare change, children at Ashland Elementary School in Virginia raised $800 to help animals
through the Homeless Animal Rescue
Team (HART), a local nonprofit organization that works to save animals
and find adoptable pets homes, InsideNova.com
Kindergarten teacher Whitney Hecker orchestrated the fundraiser because she adopted her dog from the organization. Her students sorted the donations in a lesson about coins that also taught them about helping animals.
HART is a no-kill animal rescue group that takes in stray, abandoned, abused or unwanted pets and finds permanent homes for them, according to its website
. HART volunteer Lorelei Pate told the news outlet that the organization often takes animals that need medical care that other shelters were not able to provide.
"Every dollar helps,” she told the news outlet. "We've been amazed by the generosity of the children."
The children were happy to help. Students of all ages were willing to scrape up their spare change to help because of their love for animals. Kindergartener Olivia Langley said she wanted to help because she loves horses and puppies, while fifth-grader Alex Wenhold, who donated money he got as a gift, did his charitable deed for his love of all animals, especially dogs.