At Christmas, we gave Peeper $5 to donate somewhere, and before I could even began to offer her options, she said, “I want to give it to the animal shelter!”
We started giving her an allowance a couple of months ago, and $0.25/week has go to in her “share jar.” She’s been planning on donating it to the animal shelter again, but I told her that there had recently been a fire at the exotic animal rescue that we visited a couple of years ago with MOMS Club, and she immediately said she wanted to give it “to those animals.”
I think she had saved $2 in quarters, and I had recently added $5 to it in honor of her weaning, so we sent in $7.
(I sort of appropriated the idea of making a charitable donation to mark a major milestone from one aspect of the Jewish custom of tzedakah. I gave $50 La Leche League myself and gave her $5 to donate as she chose.)
I wanted to trade her two $1 bills for the 8 quarters, but she was having none of that, so we sent in a rather jingly envelope, with the money wrapped in up a note that I had her dictate to me. I started with the “Dear Animals…” and she took it from there. I wrote it all down and she signed her name.
This evening, the exotic animal rescue posted a scan of her letter, with the following note.
Today in the mail we received what looks like the entire contents of a 5 year old’s piggy bank,,quarters and change tucked in a beautifully decorated envelope. This sweet and loving donation from a young girls heart means more to us than a mountain of money. Ellie’s Mom, you are raising a beautiful girl who has a heart of gold..tell Ellie she helped not only the animals but the people who care about them by this kind gesture!
That was a couple of hours ago, and Facebook tells me that the post has gotten over 20 comments and over 230 likes, only a few of which are from people we know.
I called Peeper in and showed her the picture of her letter and read all the comments. I wish I could’ve gotten a photo of the look on her little face. That was priceless.
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