Middle school student braves the heat to help Pender Co. Animal Shelter


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — You may recall back in December, we brought you the story of a special middle school student. In the frigid cold, then 12-year-old Ari Garsh, volunteered his time and money to collect pet food at a local Lowe’s food store for the Pender County Animal Shelter. Today, we caught up with Ari, now 13, as he braved the dangerous heat for a cause he truly believes in.

“Well they really needed the food this time and I’m just out here collecting again,” Garsh said.

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Not only has the Roland Grise Middle School student collected three truck loads of dog and cat food Friday, he’s also focused his efforts for a dog with heart worms.

“The dog was name Smiley Girl and she really needed it and they only had about 17 dollars in donations so I gave them 317 dollars.”

Even with a heat index well over a hundred degrees, Ari was able to recruit others to help. Eleven-year-old Malia Spear said, “We’ve gotten a lot of things and I’m just proud of everybody giving us stuff.”

Chad Campbell also took time away from enjoying his summer break to help. “I really had nothing to do so I figured I’d benefit the day and do something good to help shelter dogs and cats.”

It goes to show, a young age doesn’t always limit ability. Garsh plans to keep up his efforts. “As long as they need help I’m just gonna keep on doing it.”