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Maugansville youngsters raise money for Humane Society

November 07, 2008

Five youngsters from Maugansville hosted a carnival Oct. 11 to raise money for shelter pets.

On Oct. 16, Tana and Jack Mc-Kinsey and Emily Folk delivered a check for $260 to Paul Miller, executive director of the Humane Society of Washington County. Fellow carnival hosts Kristin Weaver and Hannah Colvin were unable to join them.

The inspiration for the project came from the McKinseys' dog. Pixi. A Labrador retriever they adopted from the shelter in May, the dog raised awareness of the needs of shelter pets.

"We realized that all of the dogs needed a home," Tana said. "To show that we cared, we created a carnival in the backyard."

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With the help of a publication called "How Kids Can Make Money," the group designed and handed out fliers in their neighborhood, set up games and charged participants a quarter to play and made goodies for a bake sale.

Tracy McKinsey, Tana and Jack's mother, is very proud of the children. "They worked really hard on this and their efforts paid off. We never dreamed they would make $260 in two hours."

Miller was impressed. "It is obvious they put a lot of time and thought into this," Miller said. He added, "They did this to help other shelter pets like their own precious Pixi. That illustrates a high level of compassion for all the animals."

Tana was matter-of-fact about the carnival. "We had a lot of fun," she said, "and we are hoping the Humane Society can use the money to help other animals like Pixi."

The Humane Society of Washington County is at 13011 Maugansville Road in Hagerstown. Go to www.hswcmd.org for information on animal-related issues, directions to the shelter and information about programs and services.

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