MOUNT VERNON — Lydia Luna is something of a celebrity at the Knox County Animal Shelter. Inspired by a public service announcement on the Disney Channel, the 9-year-old recently decided she wanted to “make a difference” in her community. And make a difference she did.
Lydia is an animal lover with two dogs, a miniature Dachshund named Trinket and a Basset Hound-Beagle mix called Bella, at home. It bothers her that not all dogs have families, and she settled on the idea of helping orphaned shelter dogs. She assembled a flyer asking for donations, then made the rounds with her teachers at Columbia Elementary and gave a presentation to her fourth-grade class. Her dad, Dave, passed the flyer around among colleagues at Columbia Gas.
“I wanted to get at least $200,” Lydia says, “and we got more than that, which really made me happy. It wasn’t very hard, because my friends helped out so much. My family raised $100 and everybody else helped with the rest.”
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