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Girl Scout donates items to animal shelter

July 28, 2009

Leah Ellis is a Girl Scout with a quest. As a member of Girl Scout Troop 226, she wants to earn her Bronze Award before summer ends.

On July 24, she took another step toward earning that award when she completed a community project and donated the product of her hard work to Humane Society of Washington County Executive Director Paul Miller.

 Carrying numerous bags filled with aluminum cans, old cell phones and copy cartridges, Leah and her mother, Sheryl, delivered the items to the shelter. Those items will be recycled by the shelter. When asked what inspired her to do the project, Leah said, "I had to do something for the community and I wanted to help the animals. I wrote and handed out a letter in my neighborhood, and three neighbors really helped with this. One even donated a $20 gift certificate to PetSmart for the animals."

 Sheryl is very proud of her daughter. "I told her she could do something for people, animals or the environment. She chose the animals," she said. "The project doesn't have to be completed until the end of the summer, but she worked really hard on it and finished it early. Now all we have to do is complete the paperwork."

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 Miller was impressed by Leah's project. "This project was actually three-fold. It positively impacted the homeless animals in the community, and also helped the environment and people by recycling." The shelter accepts aluminum cans, used cell phones and ink cartridges for recycling. 

 The Humane Society is at 13011 Maugansville Road in Hagerstown. Call 301-733-2060 or 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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