Twelve year old earns Jefferson Award for her work for animals

Twelve year old earns Jefferson Award for her work for animals. / Photo: Danielle Ledbetter

FOX 31 continues to honor local heroes with the Jefferson Awards.

The Jefferson Award is the nation's longest standing and most prestigious organization dedicated to celebrating public service.

Amanda Smith is the latest recipient. Smith was born with a love for animals.

She recalls, "Since I can remember I've been an animal lover."

At a young age, the 12 year-old says she knows exactly what she wants to be when she grows up.

"I want to be a veterinarian when I grow up. Since I'm too young to be a vet I wanted to help animals.

Smith thought of ways she could help animals at her young age and then a light bulb went off.

"I figured by collecting money and food and treats and stuff like that i would help the animal shelter," Smith says.

With the idea she needed to work out the details, "Well I was like okay, let's see how am I going to raise money? Well my mom works at Tractor Supply so I could set up there and raise money."

Now just about weekly she sets up a table and asks, "would you like to help donate to animals in need?"

So far she has raised about $500 for the Cordele Animal Shelter.

"When I get through that day we normally get a hold of Ms. Sgt Amy and we set up a day for her and she comes and gets the money."

The money goes towards vaccines, food and other supplies for the animals.

Now Smith is working to grow her efforts by getting others involved. She says, "a couple of days ago my friend had actually heard about it and they said they would actually help."

Amanda says as long as she's able to she'll continue to work towards this cause.

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