A young Minnesota animal lover named Jenna took the time to compose a hand-written to the Animal Humane Society in Golden Valley, apologizing for her lack of ability to donate as she is strapped for cash, and begging her mom didn't work.
"I feel so so bad, just to inform you I am crying inside right now so this is very hard for me [...] sorry 5x," Jenna wrote.
Every year, 25,000 animals come through the 5 branches of the Animal Humane Society statewide, half of them to the Golden Valley branch alone.
"In the summer time when the needs increase and we tend to have more humane investigation cases, we want to be prepared," Lisa Bonds, the chief advancement officer of the Animal Humane Society said.
Plus, during the summer months, at least 700 children attend camps in the building. To keep the programs running, maintain care for animals and proper placement, the shelter runs its Summer Needs campaign, which is the exact effort Jenna's letter was meant to address.
"Because of her letter and because we've shared it on social media a bunch of other people in the community have stepped up and said I know you can't contribute right now Jenna but I'm going to make a donation in your honor," director of philanthropy Nicole Stern said.
Since Monday afternoon, at least $300 dollars in donations have come in, which is proof that sometimes all you need is to make to make a difference is to write a good, old fashioned, hand-written letter."We're always grateful for the support we receive from animal lovers here in Minnesota and beyond, and it's especially inspiring when our youngest supporters reach out! Jenna was sad she couldn't make a donation recently so she wrote us this heartfelt letter. We're touched by your generosity, Jenna," the Animal Humane Society posted on their Facebook page.