Clifton Girl Scout Hosts Pet Drive to Benefit Animal Shelter

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Myka and Girl Scouts from Troop 96357 pictured after dropping donations from Myka's Pet Drive for the Clifton Animal Shelter

Myka is an 11 year old sixth grader in Clifton and part of Girl Scout Troop 96357. She recently conducted a pet drive benefiting the Clifton Animal Shelter as her project for the Girl Scout’s Bronze Award and was excited to share her story with us.

The Bronze Award is the third highest honor a Junior Girl Scout can achieve in 4th and 5th grade. Each Girl Scout choose and complete projects that will make the world a better place and are encouraged to select and research a cause or topic that interests them and that will help the community.  Since Myka is the only Junior in the Troop, she planned her Bronze Award independently, and with the support of younger Brownies and Daisies and the Troops sole Senior, Josephine.

Myka’s mother, Rebecca Valles, explained that “Myka loves animals,” so selecting a project that would benefit animals was an obvious choice for her Bronze Award project. Myka said she chose to do a pet drive for the Clifton Animal Shelter because, "I love animals and want to help them." She learned that the Animal Shelter was in need of donations of food and other necessities to care for the animals.

The first step of the project was designing a flyer she could hang up around town and share on social media. Myka ran the donation drive for over 7 weeks during the summer. After all the donations were picked up, Myka sorted and organized them into boxes.

Myka of Clifton Girl Scout Troop 96357 pictured with the items she collected through her pet drive for the Clifton Animal Shelter

Items the pet drive collected included blankets, towels, sheets, food, treats, toys, collars, leashes, bowls, clothes for the dogs, and cat litter. She also made several cat scratchers using cardboard boxes.  

Myka deliverd the donations on September 2nd with some of her fellow girl scouts and spent time at the shelter to meet the animals currently up for adoption.  Afterwards she presented a slide show of the project to her entire Troop and wrote thank-you cards to all the families and friends that donated.

Myka and Girl Scout Troop 96357 drop donations at the Clifton Animal Shelter collected during Myka's Pet Drive

Myka’s Troop leader, Pattie Potash-O’Connell shared, “I am thrilled to see all the hard work she has done! She found a need in the community, built her team of helpers and handled every step of the Bronze Award like a pro! As her Leader, I am extremely proud of what she has accomplished!  Myka will continue to be an amazing Girl Scout and Community Helper for many years.”

Myka with her parents after dropping donations to the Clifton Animal Shelter on the Clifton City Hall Campus

Inspired by Myka’s story? Donate to the Clifton Animal Shelter through their Amazon wishlist or visit the shelter to inquire about the many animals in need of adoption to a good home.


                                       This article is featured as part of the Clifton Good News Project


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