Every kid looks forward to their birthday. It’s a day that’s all about you, and you get showered with attention and gifts—but one young girl wanted something a little different. She used her birthday to draw attention to her favorite cause, and ended up making a huge difference.
As Adisynn Kiker, from Texas, was about to turn 8 at the end of June, she surprised her mother Jessica with an unusual birthday request.
“She doesn’t want anything for her birthday,” Jessica told the Athens Review. “She wants people in the community to donate food to the animal shelter.”
That’s right: instead of thinking about herself, this third-grader asked people to make a donation to the Humane Society at Cedar Creek Lake, a shelter that’s always looking for help with supplies. Adisynn requested people donate pet food or other items like cleaning supplies.
In July, Adisynn collected supplies outside the local McAtee Realty, and then again after a softball game at the GBC Ballpark.
And amazingly, people came through. Adisynn received a huge amount of donations. According to a Facebook post by the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake, they received the following items:
580 # of cat litter.
11591 # dog food
152 # cat food
28 cans of cat food
43 gallons of bleach
7 containers of laundry soap
7 simple green
60 rolls of paper towels
Thanks to one girl’s birthday wish, these items should make a difference for the animals in this shelter.
“Thank you Adisynn Kiker and team Adisynn for all our donations,” the Humane Society wrote. “Our fur babies greatly appreciate it.”
It’s no surprise that Adisynn would want to help animals. She’s been the proud owner of a dog named Beau ever since she was a baby. But it’s still a surprising act of selflessness from someone so young.
“Adisynn knows how lucky she is,” Jessica told the Athens Review. “She never does without anything. We believe and she believes it’s time to give back.
“Helping animals was her idea. She talks about being a vet when she grows up.”
And the shelter is always grateful for her help, and hopes more people will follow Adisynn’s example.
“The shelter is always in need of all donations,” shelter board President Lanette Ainsworth said. “It would be nice to see more kids like Adisynn become involved in their communities.”