PORT ST. LUCIE, Florida – A child battling cancer hundreds of miles away inspires South Florida.
Your kind deeds cause St. Lucie Counties to pass them on with kindness.
Melissa McInturff, the executive director of the Humane Society of St. Lucie County, sees a lot of mail coming through the doors of her operation.
But she said a letter she received over vacation from a Pennsylvania girl named Avery really touched her.
“”[It was a] Belly blow for the soul. I compared that to when I came across the Pawsitive Change page that Avery and her family created, “said McInturff.
Melissa McInturff, executive director of St. Lucie County’s Humane Society, says Avery’s letter was a “belly blow to the soul.”
Avery is a 14 year old girl who loves animals and wants to one day own her own animal shelter.
But right now she’s battling cancer and doing what she can to help shelters across the country with $ 5 gift cards.
“I think with the $ 5 gift card generation, this is encouraging other shelters to send maybe a $ 5 or $ 10 gift card to a neighboring shelter and everyone gets into that cycle of prepayment, and that’s based on the will of a teenage girl. ” McInturff said.
McInturff was so moved by the gesture that she wanted to say thank you. She then posted on Facebook asking for help from the larger St. Lucie County community. In response, they made Avery’s mission their own.
They created a Florida box for the cancer fighter with handcrafted get well soon and thank you cards.
With a fan base of more than 5,000 people on social media, Avery’s Pawsitive Change is making a difference across the country and on Treasure Coast.
A 14-year-old cancer-fighting girl named Avery sent $ 5 gift cards to animal shelters across the United States, including St. Lucie County.
“We’re all fighting a battle, and it’s up to us to help the people, help them and help them fight this battle,” said McInturff.
To date, she has written more than 2,000 similar letters to shelters and humane societies.
“When you ask me who my heroes are, my answer is always fellow rescuers and my shelter staff, and now I add Avery to that mix. She treats herself with grace and a benevolent heart, so this Pennsylvania girl is my new hero “Said McInturff.
As soon as Avery gets better, she was invited to visit Treasure Shore and take the helm as executive director for the day in humane society.