Neglected, Abandoned and Homeless Animals
NEW ORLEANS -- Seven-year-old Jence Simms, who will soon be a
second grader at Lancaster Elementary School in Madisonville, set up a
little lemonade stand outside her home last Saturday. She sold cups of
lemonade and cookies for 50 cents like young entrepreneurs have done
for years. Jence, however, donated her sales to a great cause -
helping animals. Now, generous Jence's efforts have inspired a new
humane society program dedicated to aiding animals in need during the
long, hot summer.
Helping animals has always been a passion for Jence. A year ago, she
wanted to make a difference in her community, so she set up a
neighborhood lemonade stand and sold $20.00 worth of lemonade. The
proceeds were donated to the Humane Society of St. Tammany. This year,
she wanted her efforts to benefit neglected horses, so she contacted
the Humane Society of Louisiana. The charity currently cares for 10
rescued horses and responds to scores of complaints involving hundreds
of horses each year. Jence asked if the group if they would accept the
donations from her lemonade stand, and the group readily agreed.
Last Saturday, Jence raised $120.00, surpassing last year's effort by
$100. She passed out humane educational literature to each customer,
informing them that the funds would help horses in need. Photos of
Jence's lemonade stand are attached.
"We were so inspired by Jence's dedication that we decided to create a
statewide program based on her initiative," says Jeff Dorson, HSL
Executive Director. "We're asking other kids (and grown-up)s to show
they care about animals like Jence does; running a lemonade stand to
raise funds for animals in need is a perfect way to help this summer,"
adds Dorson. To honor Jence's efforts, the Humane Society plans to
present her with a commemorative plaque and bestow upon her the title
of 'Lemon-Aid Ambassador for Animals 2012'. New Ambassadors will be
named each year.
The Humane Society of Louisiana has designated Saturday, August 18th,
as the first statewide Lemon-Aid Day for Animals. The humane
organization is seeking youngsters and adults to operate a lemonade
stand anytime on that day - anywhere in Louisiana - to raise funds for
the charity Donations will be divided between the group's 13 volunteer
chapters now operating around the state. Individuals are encouraged to
pre-register online with the Humane Society by visiting their website
at www.humanela.org or by calling 1-888-6-HUMANE.
Established in 1988, the Humane Society of Louisiana is one of the
state's largest animal advocacy organizations. The group operates a
statewide animal abuse hotline and houses more than 200 animals at its