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Greenville girl uses lemonade stand to raise money for animal shelter

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GREENVILLE, Pa. -

Strayhaven Animal Shelter in Greenville, Pennsylvania is like many shelters. They rely on donations and fundraisers to run the business and with demand exceeding capacity, money is tight.

"We have 28 dogs. We are a 28 dog facility and we are full," said Siera Gross, manager of Strayhaven. "We go through a lot trying to fund raise and cover all of our expenses. We strictly run on donations only, so it's pretty difficult to keep everything in a balance especially with the increased unwanted animal population," she said. 

This week, Strayhaven received a generous amount of money from a very unlikely source. six-year-old Kara Giroski.

"I just thought that Strayhaven would need a lot of stuff for their dogs until the dogs would get homes," said Kara.

Kara, who is a huge animal lover, raised more than $500 with a good old fashioned lemonade stand. It was her idea after seeing lemon juice in the refrigerator and this was a project she wanted to do solo. No parents allowed.

"It was kinda like my idea, so I wanted to do it all on my own," said Kara.

Thanks to some thirsty friends, family, neighbors and even local first responders, Kara was able to raise $520 in just three hours. 

"Very moving. Whenever her mom came here and she gave us a little flyer and said what she was gonna do, we were just so excited. That is something that is so inspiring because there are really two ends that make rescues successful at the end of the day. That is the people that do our job and the people that support our job," said Gross.

Gross says while the money will be a tremendous help, it's the sentiment that is really special.

"To see someone at such a young age realize what we do and be that selfless to donate that amount of items and funds to us is just amazing, she's awesome. A lot of people have heroes that are in a uniform or something. Ours is four foot tall and she's six-years-old, but she's the hero of the week, so we're super happy to have her around," said Gross.

Kara hopes to make this an annual thing with her lemonade stand and donating to the shelter. 

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