A promise kept

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March 10, 2016 4:00 AM

Tough times in Lloydminster have had people showing their philanthropic colours, but one young girl has decided to show her’s to the furrier citizens of the city.
Ten year old Ecole St. Thomas Elementary student Alexandra Brochu has been cycling through the city’s animal charities for about a year now, raising money, food and other necessities, most recently starting an initiative for Coca’s Promise Dog Rehabilitation and Rescue.
Alexandra’s mother
Marie manages the Bone and Biscuit Co. pet store and said she often comes home with heart-breaking stories about people giving up pets because they can’t afford them anymore.
“We sort of rotate around; last time we did donations it was for Fur Babies and the time before that it was the SPCA,” said Marie.
“She is almost always fundraising for somebody, for pets.
We take our bottles back and it’s like, ‘Oh mom, we could donate that to Coca’s.’”
Marie said some are giving up pets because tough times are pushing families to choose between feeding their pets or feeding themselves.
She describes Alexandra as having a big heart and said she and her friends have been asking for pet food donations as birthday gifts instead of things for themselves.
A lot of the charities she has been helping are foster based rescues that depend heavily on donations, which have also slowed with the economic downturn. 
“She’s just a generous little girl and she just wanted to try and help somebody as much as she could right now, because she knows it’s hard (for them),” said Marie.
“That’s why she’s doing it. She knows people are having a tough time and she’s fortunate enough that she doesn’t need anything, she just wants to help.”
Coca’s Promise is one such foster based rescue that brings in dogs to live in people’s homes who volunteer to help rehabilitate the animals and find them families.
The Brochu’s take in dogs from Coca’s Promise on weekends, which put the charity at the front of Alexandra’s mind.
Marie said it’s also almost kitten and puppy season, so the items Alexandra is gathering will soon be in especially high demand.
She said a lot of people generally donate adult food, so they are hoping for puppy kibble, canned kitten food, litter and leashes.
Those looking to help out Alexandra’s cause can donate at the Bone and Biscuit or drop items and cash donations off at Ecole St. Thomas between March 21—24.

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