|In which a good thing goes in a very, very long circle
||[Jan. 17th, 2013|07:00 am]
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In 2009 I got an email about a kid who'd saved up his allowance for a year and donated all of it, every penny, to City Kittes, our local stray-cat rescue. I did a blog post about it and a few months later, another blog post, this time about how my own post had circled back to me. Well, that story circled around the internet and every year Evan kept donating all of his money to City Kitties and it spiraled, larger, and larger. I got to meet Evan one year at one of the City Kitties art auctions, he was shy and quiet and I didn't want to overwhelm him, but I felt I'd met a real hero -- someone who was completely selfless -- the exact opposite of people who move out and leave their pets on the back porch to fend for themselves.
One of Evan's letters to City Kitties
In any event, the story swirled around to the top of Reddit and then the Huffington Post and really exploded. And yesterday, Evan was on the Ellen Degeneres show and Ellen had a suprise up her sleeve.
I won't blow the surprise, but I'll link to this page at City Kitties.
When I got to the surprise my jaw dropped.
And then I set up a monthly donation to them because if a ten year old kid can think selflessly, I can at least try.
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Wow. That is just wonderful!
although I have to say when I read "West Philly" all I heard was "on the playground was were I spent most of my days," and stopped thinking about kitties, proving that I am a sort of horrible person.
No, that's pretty much the knee-jerk reaction some people of a certain age will just have when hearing the words "West Philadelphia." And there are very many of us.
I don't know what's happening, but it is raining on my face. My roof must be leaking.
That is so, so awesome. I am wickedly happy for them, and grateful for people like Evan.
Ooookayyy... tearing up now. I send City Kitties a donation when I can, even though I live thousands of miles away. They do awesome work.
OK, that actualfax made me cry.
(I've had the monthly donation set up with them for a year or so now, but I feel the need to up my amount now.)
I wouldn't call the kid shy or quiet. :)
Evan gives me hope for the next generation. I'm so happy City Kitties got such a large donation. Thank you for being part of the circle that spread it around. I'm sure it's helped save lots of kitties in need.
I linked up somebody else to this because they just needed cheering up and this is a great way of doing that: Humans being awesome.