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3rd grader raises $135 at bake sale for animal shelter
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Hailey Reich, 7, sits on a utility dolly at the Manteca Animal Shelter with her donations of dog and cat food along with a lap full of toys that represent her $135 in earnings from a bake sale. - photo by GLENN KAHL

It’s fair to say Hailey Reich loves animals.

She loves them so much that she organized a bake sale she coordinated with a family garage sale with the profits providing dog and cat food along with toys she donated to the Manteca Animal Shelter.

“She came up with this idea on her own,” according to her mother Janea Harmon. “She said she wanted to do a bake sale and netted $135.”

A staff member at the shelter said the little girl walked up to the counter and said she had some food for the kitties and the dogs. Shelter workers said they were surprised and gratified by the gifts that came from her heart.

Hailey told her mother that she didn’t want to save any of the money for herself, saying she wanted to give it all to the animals at the dog pound.

The 7-year-old who is about to go into the third grade at Great Valley Academy is very giving and very helpful, always wanting to help wherever she can, her mother said.  Great Valley urges students to perform community service away from the classroom.

She has also been involved with her dad, Nathan, in his breeding of American Bull Dogs, along with their obedience training and by attending many shows and competitions with him.

Hailey is a good student and loves to read books and write her own stories totally about animals – doing very well in school, according to her mom.

“She is very much an animal lover,” she added.  “Even now she knows what she wants to be in life – either a veterinarian or a trainer at Marine World.”