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Girls raise $23.65 for animal shelter with Kool-Aid stand

April 24, 2010
  • Front row, Naomi Cortina. Back row, from left Rachel Cortina, Eliza Durham, Isabel Cortina and Paul Miller, executive director of the Humane Society of Washington County.
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Warm weather and a sweet drink inspired several young girls to have a spur of the moment fundraiser for the Humane Society of Washington County.

On April 2, Isabel, Rachel, and Naomi Cortina and Eliza Durham presented to Paul Miller, the animal shelter's executive director, $23.65 they raised from selling Kool-Aid in their neighborhood on a sunny day.

"We're not allowed to drink Kool-Aid so we figured we could sell it and help the animals," said Isabel Cortina. The girls, with the help of their longtime baby-sitter Jennifer Bockrath and friend, Georgia, made signs and set up a table in their driveway. The girls then sold the Kool-Aid to passerby for 25 cents a glass.

"I thought this was a good charity for the girls to donate to since we're here on a weekly basis" Bockrath said.

"The girls love coming in and seeing the animals."

Miller was impressed with the girls' efforts. "These girls came up with a great way to help animals. I'm proud of their hard work and determination," he said.

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

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