Girl sells lemonade to raise money for Goochland County Animal Shelter

GOOCHLAND, Va. (WWBT) — When 8-year-old Jaelynn Shelton’s cat died, she decided she wanted to pay tribute to the animal she loves.

“She kept saying she wanted treats or something for the animals so I wrote to the animal shelter and asked if she could volunteer – but she’s too young.” said her mother, Kendall Shelton.

Determined to help, Jaelynn hatched a plan. On August 4, Jaelynn set up a lemonade stand outside her grandmother’s beauty salon, Shear Wildness, in the Courthouse Village. She worked 14 hours over two days, intending to donate 50% of her collection to the Goochland County Animal Shelter.

Jaelynn raised $700 for the Goochland County Animal Shelter by selling lemonade for two days.(Kendall Shelton)

She expected to raise between $50 and $100, but when the news broke, the donations started pouring in. By the end of the day on August 5, Jaelynn raised over $500 and Shear Wildness donated an additional $200, bringing the weekend’s donation total to just over $750.

“I was so impressed that we were able to do so much,” Shelton said.

Jaelynn donated the $700 to the animal shelter instead of keeping the remaining 50%. She only brought home $50 for her supplies.

“It’s heartwarming that someone who wanted to volunteer with us, but couldn’t because of their age, is looking for another way to help homeless pets in our community,” said Job Greene. , Director of Animal Care and Welfare for Goochland County. .

The minimum age a person can volunteer at the shelter is 16.

“We really appreciate the incredible support from the community, and we’re very lucky to have it here at Goochland,” Greene said. “We hope anyone considering adopting a pet will come to the Adoption Center and meet some of the wonderful pets we care for.”

When asked if she would do it again, Jaelynn answered “yes” without hesitation.

“I want to inspire other kids to do this, so they can help whoever they want,” Jaelynn said.

Anyone who is not eligible to volunteer but wants to make an impact at their local shelter can donate items or share posts about adoptable pets on social media. For more information about the Goochland County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, call 804-556-5302.

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