Kids with big hearts aid Northwoods effort

Visitors to the Chisago City Farmers Market on Aug. 3 and Aug. 10 were greeted by this group of youth who raised funds for Northwoods Humane Society in Wyoming. (Photo submitted)

After six local youth read about the financial plight of the Northwoods Humane Society in Wyoming, they decided to do something to help.

Unless the Humane Society can raise $60,000 by the end of the year, the animal shelter is at high risk of closure.

Annie and Will Nelson of Lindstrom, Lindsey Albrecht of Forest Lake, Claire Lovaas of Center City, and Deanna and Jocelyn Dale of Chisago City are animal-loving elementary and middle school students who wanted to do something positive to help the abandoned dogs and cats at Northwoods.

On Friday, Aug. 3 they joined forces and raised more than $236 at the Chisago City Farmers Market.

For several weeks each youth worked hard to make crafts such as dog bandanas, homemade dog treats, friendship bracelets, hot pads and other crafts.

After receiving approval from the farmers market coordinator to have a fundraiser alongside the local farmers, they pooled their talents and brought along lemonade, freezer pops and brownies.

The booth also featured several of their pets that had been adopted from the shelter. There was a good crowd at the market and the kids made sure that every attendee knew that Northwoods Humane Society is in danger of closing.

Market visitors were very generous and the farmers were treated to entertaining sales pitches and personal delivery of lemonade for a quarter.