A local elementary school student raised money and supplies that were used to help military working dogs in combat zones.
Back in October, Kaydence Weary, a third grade student at Williams Ledger Elementary School, hosted a Howl-O-Ween Dog Walk and Costume Contest, which raised more than $6,000 worth of donations, supplies and grooming services for the Copperas Cove Animal Control Facility. So, when her grandmother saw a Facebook post from a U.S. Army sergeant in Afghanistan asking for donations for military working dogs, she immediately thought of Kaydence.
"When my grandma told me about helping these dogs, I knew I had to do it because no dogs should have to be scared and they need to have some time when they are not working all the time and can have some fun," Kaydence said in a press release.
The Facebook post was made by Sergeant Kendell Rivera, who provided a list of possible donation items like toys, bathing products and dog treats, which are not issued by the Army. She also asked for items that could help keep the canines calm while boarding military helicopters.
Kaydence and a group of volunteers took action. They recently stood at both entrances to the Copperas Cove Walmart and collected so many donations from customers that they filled five carts with supplies. Kaydence also received more than $1,200 cash, which was used to purchase more supplies, especially the ones on Sgt. Rivera's list.
All the donated items were presented to the 720th Military Police Battalion.