Dixfield preschoolers helping animal shelter

DIXFIELD — Ludden Memorial Library's preschool story time is looking for donations for dogs and cats this holiday season.

Catherine Leonard, who runs the program, said it's focusing on sharing as a theme.

"Normally, we just have a Christmas party," she said. "This year we wanted to do something different."

The children were asked who they would like to help during the holiday season and the group agreed they wanted to take donations for puppies and kittens, Leonard said.

The library will be taking donations of cat litter, cat food, dog food and treats, clean newspapers, blankets, paper towels, bleach and light bulbs until Dec. 19.

The group will present the donations to McKennel's Animal Adoption Agency in Rumford during their story time on Dec. 19.

The group meets every Monday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the library at 42 Main St. in Dixfield.

Leonard said they read a selected book and build a craft that is related to the story.


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TOM FOURNIER's picture

Way to go!

Such a great idea that really sends a compassionate message to children! It truly teaches them what sharing is all about, mostly compassion and respect for all species. It will assuredly help the animal shelter, however, it will do a lot more to help the children. It reminds me of an old saying, “Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child, as it is to the caterpillar”!

Seriously, it’s our job to teach children at such a vulnerable age that life is valuable. Even an innocuous act of purposefully stamping ants, for instance, is a show of aggressive behavior that parents should discourage. Children will really get the message of what sharing the earth with all others truly means. After all, ants are fascinating animals and they work hard for a living!


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