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Valley Crossing fifth grader donates $1,000 to animal humane society

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Abandoned dogs and cats are dealt a “ruff” hand in life. 

Audrey Anderson, a fifth grader at Valley Crossing Community School, has taken it upon herself to help. 

On Oct. 6 Anderson, who lives in Lake Elmo, donated $1,000 to the Animal Humane Society of Woodbury. 

“I want to help so the animals can live happily ever after,” Anderson said. 

Additionally, AHS has a match donor, which means that Anderson’s donation doubled to $2,000. 

After handing off her donation, Anderson and her family received a behind-the-scenes tour of the AHS. 

This is actually the second year in a row that Anderson has raised money for AHS through her fundraising campaign called “Rocket to the Rescue.” 

Rocket was Anderson’s 8-year-old golden retriever who died last year of a rare blood cancer. 

Remembering Rocket 

Audrey’s mother, Maria, said she remembers Rocket as a one-of-a-kind dog. 

“He had something special about him,” she said. “He just had this calming disposition.” 

Audrey agrees. 

“He was really like happy and fun and excited,” she said. 

After Rocket died, Audrey came up with the idea of donating to the AHS after a friend had previously done something similar. 

“They’re local and they help animals,” Audrey said. 

Last year, Audrey raised $125, which then doubled because of a match donor, as well. 

AHS contacted Audrey again this year about the matching donation opportunity, and she decided to bring “Rocket to the Rescue” again. 

To help raise money, Audrey primarily turned to friends and family but she also went around her neighborhood asking for donations door-to-door. 

In actuality, Audrey raised $892, but Maria donated the remainder to bring her up to $1,000.

Audrey said she will most likely raise money again next year and hopes to one day volunteer at the AHS. 

Maria said she is proud of Audrey and her dedication to helping the animals. 

“The most important lesson for our family is that one person can truly make a difference,” she said. “No matter how large or small the donations are, when they’re all put together they make a huge difference.”

Amber Kispert-Smith

Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.

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