Some people seem to have been born with a mission to serve others.
Elliot Phillips-Hallock Phillips-Hallock is only 5 years old, but she’s already showing ethe world around her how to turn ideas into actions! It all started when she heard that her local animal shelter needed help.
The little girl has always loved animals, doting on the dogs and cats who share her home in Boise, Idaho. So when the Idaho Humane Society put out a desperate plea for pet food donations, she started brainstorming how she could raise money to help.
Since she also adores drawing, she went to her mom, Alyssa Hallock, with an idea. “I really wanted to paint, so I said I can make these paintings,” she explained.
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Her mom wasn’t the least bit caught off guard by the proposal. “She loves animals,” Alyssa said. “It did not surprise me at all when she came up with this idea.”
Elliot got right to work, creating a variety of paintings in bright colors. When she finished, her mom put them up on Facebook and asked their friends and family for their support.
They came out in droves to help the aspiring artist and animal lover! People even began making special requests, which Elliot happily fulfilled. When all was said and done, she had finished 50 paintings and raised over $900!
Once the work was done, it was time for the fun part! Armed with $900 in cash, Elliot and Alyssa went on a shopping spree for the animals in need at IHS.
“We went to Zamzows and PetSmart to get all the food and toys and all of that,” the little girl said.
They certainly completed their mission by filling carts full of food and supplies! When the manager at Zamzows heard what she was up to, the store donated a $100 gift card to their cause, which Elliot immediately spent on the shelter pets.
After their shopping trip, Elliot took all the goodies to the shelter. That’s when she got a personal tour of the facility so she could meet all the animals she was helping!
Unsurprisingly, Elliot said delivering the food and toys and meeting the pets was the best part of the entire experience.
“They gave us a tour and we all got to see all of the animals,” she added. “A lot of people there were very, very happy.”
As you might expect, her mom is bursting with pride over Elliot’s initiative and desire to help others.
“Oh my gosh, I am so proud of her, it just explodes in my heart,” Alyssa said. “I’m also really proud of our community of friends and family, and even strangers, who have supported this little girl’s dreams.”
At just 5 years old, Elliot is figuring out how to make positive changes in her community. It starts with a desire to help and ends with the tenacity to make it happen!
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