Girl donates birthday gifts to help animals again

September 28, 2013

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Animals in Hood County may be starting to think that Sept. 23 is their birthday instead of Tolar Junior High School student Sara Hale’s.

For the second year in a row, Sara told her family that instead of traditional birthday presents, she wanted them to donate useful items to the Hood County Animal Control facility.

Sara, who turned 13 Monday, said she will donate half of the money gifts she receives for her birthday. In addition, she and her mother Nina have arranged to have a pool party today at the Granbury Days Inn as a fundraising event for Animal Control. That will be from 4-7 p.m.

Two trucks will be there for any donations of needed items received Saturday at the pool party, which can include laundry detergent, puppy and kitten food and kitty litter. Cash donations for Animal Control will also be accepted at the pool party.

“I think that’s wonderful,” Animal Control Sgt. Kelly McNab said. “We appreciate it so much. It really does make a difference.”

Nina Hale said her daughter mentioned about four weeks prior to this year’s birthday that she wanted to repeat what she started last year, when she donated about $80.

“I was proud of her for that,” Nina Hale said. “She has a very giving spirit. She’s that way with people, too.”

She said Sara explained her motivation by saying that if people are hungry they just drive to a grocery store – something animals can’t do.

Where the Hales live, between Tolar and Paluxy, the family has a number of pets including ducks, cats, dogs and chickens.

Sara, a seventh-grader, is a member of the National Honor Society and is on the school cross-country team, her mother said.

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