HAYTI, MO (KAIT) - A group of Mississippi County students made Thanksgiving a little brighter for the animals housed at the Humane Society in Hayti.
Students at the Ross Elementary School in Wardell recently held a drive to collect items and food for the shelter.
"This was such a great project," President of the humane society, Karol Wilcox, said. "These students did a wonderful job."
Wilcox said they were overwhelmed by the student's generosity in providing much-needed items for the shelter.
The first graders also wrote cards to the animals and shelter staff that are now displayed at the facility.
"At any given time we house 50 to 70 animals in the shelter," Wilcox said. "We have several that have to stay for long periods as they are nurtured through medical issues and this donation will help so many."
The shelter also runs a "Helping Hands" program.
They work with people who may not be able to care for their pets properly because of financial problems.
"We often provide food or emergency vetting and work with owners to make the animal more comfortable and cared for," Wilcox said.
Wilcox also explained that winter is the hardest time of year for the shelter because finances are tight and more animals are dumped or in need during the colder months.
"We certainly appreciate all of the support and help these students gave us," she said.
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