Posted: Aug 20, 2013 2:46 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Aug 20, 2013 6:40 PM
BATON ROUGE - The young girl who raised thousands of dollars to help a local animal shelter says she won't stop, even though a fire destroyed her Denham Springs home overnight.
"If you quit, you're always gonna wanna quit, but if you keep trying, you're always gonna wanna try, try your best always," said Jade Mitchell, who's committed to helping animals in her community.
Nine-year-old Mitchell said she plans to continue making flower pens out of duct tape and special dog biscuits to sell online. She's used profits from the sales to help the shelter buy appliances, food bowls, water buckets, and food for the animals.
Mitchell's home was a total loss in the fire overnight. Today her family tried to salvage what they could from the wreckage, and contact their insurance about the damage.
"I've lost a lot of stuff, but a lot of people are helping by donating a lot of stuff, so I'm really happy about that," said Mitchell.
She's still finding it hard, though, to be on the other end of giving.
"I've donated to the dogs, but I wasn't ever expecting to get anything back, and I never really wanted anything in return, so it's kind of weird," said Mitchell.
The family is also accepting cash donations at any CapitalOne bank branch under the Julie Robertson fund. Details about that and other donations can be found on the "Jade's Flowers" Facebook page.