Amherst area youths collecting donations for shelter

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Thinking of our furry friends at Christmas

A group of young children living on the Dorsay Road want to take the spirit of Christmas giving beyond each other.

Evan and Mallory Car and Lori O’Donnell will be going door to door in the Dorsay Road area on Sunday collecting donations for the L.A. Animal Shelter. Donations can also be dropped off at the Amherst Veterinary Hospital.

AMHERST – A group of young children living on the Dorsay Road want to take the spirit of Christmas giving beyond each other.

The trio – Mallory and Evan Carr and Lori O’Connell – will be out in the neighbourhood on Sunday collecting donations to support their furry friends at the L.A. Animal Shelter.

“Mom suggested we think about something we could do for charity for Christmas and we immediately thought of the shelter,” Evan said. “We love the animals there and want to help them.”

Beginning at 11 a.m., the trio will be going door to door collecting food, toys and other items for the animals at the shelter. They will also have a donation can to collect money, with everything being giving to shelter officials on Monday.

Evan made posters that the three were going to distribute around the neighbourhood, but Mother Nature’s heavy dumping of snow have prevented that from happening. Instead, they’ve turned to word of mouth and social media.

“We put it on Facebook,” Mallory said. “It took on a life of its own from there. A lot of people have been commenting and people have been calling us telling they have stuff to give.”

A couple of years ago, Mallory and O’Connell baked cookies with the proceeds going to support the shelter.

Mallory and Evan’s mother, Amherst veterinarian Dr. Carolyn Hollis, said she urged her children to do something for charity because she believes it’s important to think of others at Christmas.

“When I was growing up I lived in a giving family. My parents believed in helping others and it’s something I’ve carried forward to my children,” she said.

Hollis said people wanting to make donations can also drop them off at the Amherst Veterinary Hospital.

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Twitter: @ADNdarrell

Organizations: L.A. Animal Shelter, Amherst Veterinary Hospital

Geographic location: Dorsay Road

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  • Glenda Hollis
    December 23, 2013 - 18:59

    I am very proud of our grandchildren Mallory & Evan Carr and also their friend Lori O'Connell for their giving spirit and time in collecting donations of food, toys, blankets and money to help out the LA Animal shelter this Christmas. It was a great success. Thanks to their kind & generous neighbors and to their Dad for providing pick up and delivery! Merry Christmas and God Bless everyone!!

  • Brenda Carr
    December 20, 2013 - 13:19

    I am so proud of my grandchildren Mallory and Evan and their friend Lori for doing this great deed for the animal shelter! It all started over 2000 years ago when we were given the gift of a Saviour. Christmas truly is all about giving!