Abbotsford girl collects donations instead of birthday gifts

Clare Reimer, 10, celebrates by giving to Elizabeth's Wildlife Center

Clare Reimer presents Elizabeth Melnick of Elizabeth's Wildlife Centre with a $500 donation.

An Abbotsford girl recently spent her fifth birthday in a row asking for donations for an animal rescue centre in lieu of presents.

This year, Clare Reimer, who turned 10, raised $500 for the non-profit Elizabeth’s Wildlife Center in Abbotsford. The funds will provide 10,000 meal worms and one bucket of specialized formula for newborn animals.

Deciding who to raise money for this year was an easy decision for Clare, who has been busy knitting little nests for the animals at Elizabeth’s since she dropped off her donation last year.

In August 2015, Clare brought a pigeon with an injured wing to the shelter for rehabilitation.

To date, Clare has raised $1,420 for animal rescue. In 2012 and 2013, she collected money for Greyhaven Exotic Bird Sanctuary. In 2014, the donations went towards the care of sea otters at the Vancouver Aquarium.

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