MOUNT VERNON — Five-year-old Makena Cunningham might not have much to say, but that’s OK since actions speak louder than words.
Recently, the future Fredericktown kindergartner, made a donation to the Knox County Humane Society Cat Shelter in an effort to help take care of the animals awaiting adoption. To raise those funds, Makena, along with her parents, Chad and Wendy Cunningham, made Buckeye crafts including necklaces, bracelets and wreaths, as well as wooden snowmen, to sell at a booth called “Makena’s Buckeye Creations” at a Fredericktown PTO craft sale.
“Her dad and I drilled the holes in the buckeyes, but Makena strung them together,” Wendy told the News when Makena shied away from answering questions. The young crafter also glued buckeyes to a foam ring to create buckeye wreaths.
She did sell a few of her items during the craft sale, but patrons of the sale also generously donated money to Makena’s favorite cause. Although they did not count the final donation, Makena’s family believes her efforts resulted in at least a $90 donation.
Makena has learned to value the services provided at the humane society by accompanying her mother and grandmother, Judy Grubaugh, to the shelter with donations of cat litter and food or to adopt cats. While there, Makena said she enjoys playing with the cats. When she gets older, she hopes to volunteer at the shelter so she can play with the animals and help feed them.
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