Keller — When sisters Chrissa and Anna Hibbitts adopted their puppy early in the summer from the Keller branch of the Humane Society of North Texas, they saw the shelter’s “wish list” of items needed posted on the wall.Grateful to have their new puppy—aptly named Summer—to add to their menagerie of two cats, two gerbils, two hermit crabs and a foster bunny, the girls decided to give back to the Humane Society by collecting items in their neighborhood.“I volunteer here sometimes,” Chrissa said last week at the Keller shelter. “I like helping and playing with the kitties. We heard they needed help.”Chrissa, an eighth-grader at Keller Middle School, created a flier and Anna, a fifth-grader at Bear Creek Intermediate, went with her around their north Keller neighborhood handing out fliers and asking for donations. Bags of dog food and kitty litter, bottles of detergent and boxes of treats began showing up on their front porch.Sometimes they got calls from neighbors and went and picked up a load of items.Mom Sarah Hibbitts, librarian at Ridgeview Elementary School, let her colleagues know about the charity drive and many of them donated items. Sarah Hibbitts also posted to friends and family on Facebook, and the girls received cash and gift cards from out of state to purchase more donations.Sarah Hibbitts said, “Their goal was to gather over 100 items, and they ended up with over 350.”Anna said, “I didn’t think we would get so much stuff.”Last month, the girls dropped off their huge haul to the amazement of the shelter staff.Nelda Corbell, facility director, said, “It was basically a week’s worth of stuff to take care of the shelter.”The girls even had an itemized list, Corbell said. It included 28 pounds of dog food, 37 pounds of cat food, 166 pounds of kitty litter, to go along with towels, paper towels, hand sanitizer, detergents, animal treats and toys.“It was neat to see. It was huge what they did,” Corbell said.That was Chrissa’s favorite part of the project. “I liked it when we got to come here and help unload everything,” she said.The sisters plan to conduct the drive again next summer.
Sandra Engelland, 817-431-2231 Twitter: @SandraEngelland