Girl honored for donation to Glenpool shelter

posted August 17th, 2015 by
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Katrina Stevens was presented with a Community Service Award at tonight’s Glenpool City Council meeting by Mayor Tim Fox.

The recently turned 11-year-old used her birthday party as an opportunity to raise funds for the Glenpool Animal Shelter. Between 100 and 150 people turned out to celebrate with Katrina and raised a total of $1,402.65, almost triple Katrina’s goal of $500.

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Katrina Stevens (center) and some party guests. Photo by Christopher Eastman

Tony Minert of Minert and Associates provided a donation match of $500 and Harper’s Hut Shaved Ice stand donated $80 in proceeds from their sales for the duration of the party, contributing to the grand total. Many other local businesses contributed raffle items, baked goods and more.

“I’m in awe of the outpouring of support,” said Katrina’s mother Kristen Jeffrey-Stevens “There were so many people there and the Mayor of Glenpool Tim Fox came out. He shook Katrina’s hand and told her what a wonderful young lady she is. She got a kick out of that, she thought that was neat.” 

In an email prior to tonight’s city council meeting, Fox described Katrina as an exceptional young lady.

You can see her love for animals, in not only the way she carried out her event for the Glenpool Animal Shelter, but by her actions,” Fox wrote. “It is unusual for an 11 year old, to be that aware of her surroundings, to the point of identifying a problem, but then to have the maturity to act on it and be part of the solution.

“It is children like Katrina that should give the rest of us hope for the future, she is an exceptional child.”

Michelle Stonecypher, Glenpool’s Animal Control Officer, was also impressed by Katrina.

“Katrina is a very kind and thoughtful girl with a very big heart,” Stonecypher said via FaceBook. “This world would be a much better place if there were more selfless people like Katrina. I’m extremely impressed with what she was able to accomplish. She had the whole community supporting her.”

In addition to monetary donations, party guests arrived with supplies for the shelter.

“There were bags and bags of food and treats and toys and bowls, just an amazing amount of donations,” Jeffrey-Stevens said.

Two shelter dogs also found new families at the party and another dog was sent to a rescue group, freeing up space at the shelter.

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The Smooch a Pooch booth. Photo by Christopher Eastman

With the monetary donation, the shelter was able to pay an outstanding veterinary bill and still have money left for supplies.

Katrina’s mom has since helped her start her own FaceBook page called Save the Animals and she is already planning next year’s event to be even bigger and better.

“She was so excited, said Jeffrey-Stevens. “She was just over the top and thrilled with everybody that came out and she had fun mingling with everybody and visiting.”

We can’t wait to see what you come up with next year, Katrina!

– Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

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