Eighth grader forgoes gifts to aid animals

TUPELO – In an act of altruism rare among typical teens, Hannah Lee dedicated her 14th birthday to charity.
The Tupelo Christian Preparatory School eighth grader requested donations for the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society in lieu of gifts. Her many friends were happy oblige, arriving at the Saturday bash bearing armloads of pet food, squeaky toys, feeding bowls, litter boxes and leashes.
It was enough to fill the back of the Lee family’s SUV. And immediately after school Monday, Hannah and her mother Tammy delivered the goods to humane society.
“I just wanted to do something big for my birthday, and I saw a Web site about having a donation party,” Hannah said while unloading bags of dog food. “I thought it’d be fun, and I picked the animal shelter because this is where I got two of my pets.”
The Lees adopted their pooches Louie and Biscuit from the shelter. They also have a cat they adopted as a stray. The pets, of course, were invited to the party, Hannah said.
“She loves animals,” said Tammy, whose husband Jeff wasn’t able to attend the delivery. “We were trying to direct her think altruistically this year, but she made the final choice. She could have decided to do something else, but she didn’t, and and we were grateful.”
Also grateful were humane society staff, who smiled and hugged Hannah as she filled the reception area with donations.
“I’m overwhelmed, because we really do need the supplies,” said Kennel Manager Tabitha Long. “We appreciate this so much. We appreciate everything people to and give to us and the time they volunteer to help.”

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