15 year-old Harrison Eagle of San Jose, wanted to create a Pennies for Paws donation project in support of the animals at Humane Society Silicon Valley. "I have always loved animals and I always want to do my community projects for animal causes,” Harrison admits. “So when my mom told me it was time for a new community project I decided to do a Penny Drive for Humane Society Silicon Valley.”
Demonstrating a “Can Do!” attitude, Harrison persisted past the first ten schools that rejected his request, finally convincing Discovery Charter School in West San Jose to participate. For six weeks, Harrison posted flyers at the school and put special announcements in the school newsletter and in the school’s email groups. Working with our Education Department, he was able to arrange an award for the classroom that donated the most money: a chance to name three of our animals. The combination of the cool prize, Harrison’s hard work, and his sincere dedication to our animals really paid off. “We raised a total of $425.44,” Harrison beams.
“Harrison has been supporting Humane Society Silicon Valley since he was about five years old,” according to his mom, Barbara Eagle. “Over the years, he’s baked dog biscuits, made catnip toys, collected newspapers and blankets – never because it was required for scouts or for school. He does it because he really cares. He has a generous heart.”
“With just a little effort, I was able to support an important organization and a cause that I really care about,” Harrison smiles, “It felt great helping out Humane Society Silicon Valley.”