Young Philanthropists Aid Homeless Animals at Agoura Shelter

Johjana Cruz (left) and Emily Ernisovia create a donation drive for the animal shelter.

Emily Ernisovia (left) and Johjana Cruz created a donation drive for the animal shelter.

Johjana Cruz and Emily Ernisovia, two 12-year-old fifth graders at Conejo Elementary School, recently organized a charity drive for the Agoura Hills Animal Shelter. As part of their efforts, they posted fliers and left donation boxes in various locations throughout the school.

The drive was culminated at an assembly where the two girls spoke and were thanked for their altruistic actions. During the ceremony, the donations were presented to Helen Hartel, a shelter volunteer and “Pet Spotlight” columnist.
The two girls pose with Helen Hartel, shelter volunteer and CV Happening "Pet Spotlight" columnist.

The two girls pose with Helen Hartel, shelter volunteer and CV Happening “Pet Spotlight” columnist.

Thank  you also Helen for giving the girls this opportunity to grow and learn by serving and doing,” Christina Wilson, Cruz’ grandmother, told Hartel. “I’m sure that they have received more than they gave.”

Hartel later told CV Happening, “Johjana and Emily are models of selflessness and creativity that serve as examples for the entire Conejo Elementary student body. By initiating action and staging a donation drive for the homeless animals at the Agoura Animal Shelter, our dogs and cats now have bedding, enriching food, treats, toys and other items that will make life more pleasant.”

 


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