PORT ST LUCIE, FL (WFLX) - They saved up their pennies, nickels and dimes all to help animals they didn't know, and the philanthropists are only 5 years old.
They are preschoolers at Gingerbread Lane in Port St. Lucie. For a month, they saved their pennies all for puppies at the St. Lucie County Humane Society. One little girl says she saved her money, "Because all the doggies they were sick, and they needed food."
Thousands of pennies, nickels and dimes totaling $403.60. Gingerbread Lane Preschool Owner, Linda Hall, says, "We feel it's very important for the kids not only to learn their ABC's and 123's, but to have some community interests."
Most of the money went to the dog, Bissy. David Robertson with the Humane Society of St. Lucie County says, "She was found freezing curled up under a porch in Fort Pierce."
The hound-mix came to the shelter with mange all over her body. Veterinarian, Sarah Mathews, says, "It can be very tough, especially with this case where it was 90 percent of it's skin. That's a big treatment." A big treatment costing hundreds of dollars. That's where the pennies came in. Robertson says, "It really pulls at your heart strings when people, children, contribute their allowance to go towards the care of animals."
Bissy now has a full-coat and can be adopted. A fate all too uncertain a few months ago.
For the kids, it was a month's long lesson of giving and learning. Hall says, "They worked with their teachers wrapping and counting so they are getting all their concepts they need as well."
In the end they helped out not just one animal, but five other dogs needing care.