A 5th grade student in Virginia Beach, Virginia, came up with an idea to send care packages to military working dogs, just like packages that are sent to U.S. service members throughout the world.
So, Kylie Blake, 11, launched her campaign to raise money for the dogs on GoFundMe.com five months ago and so far has raised more than $3,500, which enabled her to assemble more than 60 care packages filled with items such as toys, blankets, dog shampoo and conditioner, beds and sleeping mats and other comfort items for the military dogs that serve our country. Some of the handlers even sent photos back to Kylie from such far off places as Germany, Afghanistan, Iraq and even the island nation of Guam.
“It makes me feel happy that they actually care and stuff that I sent it and they send pictures about it,” Kylie told Virginia’s NewsChannel 3.
Some of the comments on her GoFundMe page:
- Rose Kolarik Bare: Great job Kylie. I Donated.
- Bev Perrine: Proud of you, Kylie girl. The girls at work all say that they’re super proud of you. Keep up the good work!! Love you
- Jen Fields: I make American made dog cookies. Where can I send them?
- Mary Lou Robison: You are an inspiration, thank you for caring!
Kylie launched the campaign in memory of her late grandfather who served four years in the military, according to News Channel 3, and has learned an important lesson.
“I learned that there’s more than you actually think. That there are better things than you actually expected.”