Almost three weeks since Superstorm Sandy made landfall, thousands of people are still without a home including their pets. Animal shelters on the East Coast are full of displaced pets and in desperate need of donations.
North Shore Animal League America in New York has taken in more than 300 pets because of Sandy. One student from Southern Highlands school in Las Vegas is answering their call and getting her entire school involved.
"I thought they were really cute," said 8-year-old Sofia Legreca. "I felt really bad because of what happened to them."
Sofia lives thousands of miles away. The third grader wanted to adopt a pet but couldn't so she did the next best thing.
"My friend was doing a bake sale for a hospital," said Sofia. "I was like why don't my friend and I do a bake sale about animals."
Her idea of giving back is catching on with her classmates at Southern Highlands.
"I love animals," said 7-year-old Sydney Sullivan. "It just made me sad because I saw all the animals that were hurt and stuff."
The money from her one-day bake sale will help North Shore Animal League's emergency shelters for pets on the East Coast.
"Many people evacuated," said Sylvia Ottaka from North Shore Animal League America. "Some are coming back to pick up their animals already but there's many that have to pick up the pieces of their lives."
Sofia hopes to raise $500 but even if she doesn't she knows any help will go a long way. North Shore Animal League agrees.
"Every little bit," said Ottaka. "It means a lot to us just to know there's people in Las Vegas that care. It means the world to us."
Besides the bake sale, the school is having a clothing drive until the end of the month. The clothes will be given to the Salvation Army so they can distribute them to Sandy victims.
If you'd like to help call the school at 702-617-6030.
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