Parkman girl plans toy, food drive for animals

Posted Dec. 05, 2010, at 10:35 p.m.

GUILFORD, Maine — Rebecca Grant, 15, of Parkman can’t stand the thought of cats and dogs being alone in locked cages at Christmastime.

So, as she has done for several years, the sophomore at Piscataquis Community High School is holding a Christmas toy and food drive for the animals at the Bangor Humane Society.

“I love animals, and I feel bad for all the pets sitting in the humane society who don’t have homes,” Grant said Friday.

When she was in middle school, Grant said, she wanted to volunteer her time at the Bangor facility but recognized it was too far to travel, so she did the next best thing. She decorated a box, put up posters and asked for donations for the animals at Christmas. The project was such a success that she has continued the campaign every year but last year. Studies took too much of her time last year, she said.

This year, Grant said she solicited help from the Key Club, of which she is a member. Boxes for donations can be found in the lobby of the high school and at Goulette’s IGA. She hopes to fill both boxes this year as a Christmas gift to the animals.

“It gives them a treat, and the humane society can use the extra help and donations,” Grant said.

Grant’s love of animals will play a role in her future, she said. The student, who is active in several clubs, hopes for a career in animal rehabilitation.

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