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Kitts Hill girl uses birthday to boost animal shelter

The Lawrence County Animal Shelter received a significant donation on Thursday, thanks to the efforts of a Kitts Hill girl.

Isabelle Jenkins, a student at Sugar Creek Christian Academy, celebrated her 10th birthday earlier this month and decided to don a set of scrubs and use the occasion for a cause she believed in.

“She’s always wanted to be a veterinarian,” her mother, Lori Jenkins, said.

A box was put out at the party, soliciting donations for the shelter to buy food and supplies.

In total, she raised $84 for the effort.

“She mainly used her birthday as the platform to get it,” Lori said. “And she got money from family and friends.”

Her father, Clifton Jenkins, said her career aspiration was part of inspiration.

“But it comes straight from her heart,” he said. “It’s the way she does things.

On Thursday morning, Isabelle was wearing a headband with cat ears and legging decorated with a cat motif, as she was preparing to drop the supplies off at the shelter.

Using the donated funds, she was able to purchase food, blankets, litter and other items.

“Animals feel like people to me,” Isabelle said. “It’s like they talk to me.”

Her mother said the family hopes this will be start of a tradition.

“We’re going to keep doing this every couple of months,” she said.

Isabelle Jenkins, 10, of Kitts Hill, used her birthday party as a fundraiser for the Lawrence County Animal Shelter.

Isabelle Jenkins, 10, of Kitts Hill, used her birthday party as a fundraiser for the Lawrence County Animal Shelter.