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Girls raise money for shelter animals

August 03, 2009

When Hope Cooper and Hannah Goldbach of Greencastle, Pa., decided to help homeless animals, they used two strategies to ensure a successful fundraiser.

Their persistence paid off and on July 28 the girls, accompanied by their parents, brought a donation of $50 to the Humane Society of Washington County. 

The girls, both age 9, first set up a snack stand and sold party mix and ginger snaps, among other goodies.

Their fundraising did not end there, however.

After operating the stand, they decided to take a more direct approach to collect money for the homeless animals at the shelter and went door to door in their neighborhood.

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"We asked our neighbors if they wanted to donate to the animals," Hope said.

Remarking on their success, Hannah added, "We've got a lot of nice neighbors."

The friends share a love for animals that inspired them to reach out to their community.

Hope especially likes Huskies and has a hermit crab named Coconut.

Hannah has a cat named Spice and her family also owned a golden retriever named Clifford that they found at a shelter.

The girls take advantage of any opportunity to help animals. They said they always put donations in collection jars raising money for animals in need.

The Humane Society is at 13011 Maugansville Road in Hagerstown. Call 301-733-2060 or go to www.hswcmd.org for information about animal-related issues, directions to the shelter, and information about programs and services.

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