Weekly Feature

2017-06-15 / Local News

9-year-old raises $1,100 for SPCA

by EMILY LOSITO
Intern


Mia Warner donates $1,100 to the local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, generated through the collection of bottles and cans. Along with the check, Mia donated stuffed animals and newspapers for the animals residing at the location. Mia Warner donates $1,100 to the local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, generated through the collection of bottles and cans. Along with the check, Mia donated stuffed animals and newspapers for the animals residing at the location. Mia Warner, a 9-year-old attending West Elementary School, collected bottles and cans for two weeks. After cashing in the aluminum and glass, the total came to $1,100. She didn’t spend it on candy or games. Instead, her first thought was to donate it to the local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

“It’s brand new, and I thought I should help it. I love animals, and I want to help them,” Mia said.

According to the SPCA website, the shelter, which moved recently from Tonawanda to West Seneca, relies on donations only, and it doesn’t receive any county, city, state or federal funding.

Mia’s love for animals inspired her to start raising the money, although she has only a hermit crab and fish at home.

She said she originally thought of the idea with some friends from her fourth-grade class, but when Mia started collecting the cans and bottles, she took off with the idea.

“It’s important because if the SPCA didn’t have any money, they couldn’t stay open and they couldn’t save any animals,” she said.

Mia originally had a goal of $500.

One weekend, she got help from her aunt, who posted on social media and drove her around to friends’ houses picking up cans for the cause.

“When I came back to school the next day, I told my friends I had $830,” she said.

Kelly Warner was surprised to see how much money her daughter raised. Warner didn’t think Mia would collect as much as she did. But when Mia still decided to donate all of the money, it made her proud.

“She has a big heart, and it makes me happy. It’s nice that she wants to give and not keep it after seeing how much she made,” Warner said.

After collecting hundreds more bottles and cans, her total came to $1,078. Her younger brother, Cole, donated $20, and her mother donated $2 to make it an even $1,100.

Mia handed the check in to Phil Weiss at the SPCA, located at 300 Harlem Road, and she said he gave her a high five and told her “how awesome” she did.

Along with the check, Mia donated stuffed animals and newspapers for the animals residing at the location.

Mia plans to start another fundraiser this summer with her friends and donate the money to the SPCA or to the Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.

When asked if she wanted to keep a small part of the money, Mia shook her head and said, “I want to give as much as I can to help the animals.”

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