Hey guys! Sorry I didn’t post last week, it’s been pretty hectic lately. Thank you to everyone for helping me get through Charlie’s (our dog) passing, it means a lot to me. But I’m back, and this week I got to interview none other than Regan Lutz! What she does is really inspiring and I can’t wait to share it with you.
MaryMargaret: Hey Regan! So could you please tell everyone about yourself?
Regan: My name is Regan Lutz and I am turning 10 years old next week. I am in the 4th grade and I love math! I started Regan’s Rescue before my 7th Birthday and I have been collecting for Little Animal Shelter Rescue and Adoption Center every year since then. http://littleshelter.com/#home.
MaryMargaret: Wow! Happy Birthday then! So what is Regan’s Rescue all about?
Regan: My project is about helping the dogs and cats at the shelter. I want to help provide them with the things that every dog and cat needs and some fun things too. Just because they are in a shelter doesn’t mean that they don’t need the same things your pets at home need. At first I just collected once a year, for my birthday, but now I also collect towels and throw rugs through out the year. I encourage people to clean out their linen closets and give what they don’t need to me, so I can bring them to the shelter.
MaryMargaret: That’s awesome! I collected my birthday gifts for the animal shelter when I was 9 years old. We are both really big animal lovers! So how did you come up with the idea for your project?
Regan: When I was almost 7, I read about a girl who was collecting money to buy bullet proof vests for police dogs. She was asking people to donate to this charity instead of giving her birthday gifts. I thought that was such a great idea. I decided that I wanted to do something like that so I started asking people to donate things to the shelter instead of buying birthday gifts for me.
MaryMargaret: I love how you help animals! So knowing that you are a huge dog lover, how has this work impacted your life?
Regan: It impacted my life a lot because I feel that I can make a difference and what I do matters to the animals at the shelter. I also now have 2 rescue dogs- which I don’t think I ever would have had with out being involved in donating to the shelter.
MaryMargaret: Ahh, I see! Well I’m glad that you rescued them, rescue dogs are the best! After you’ve donated all of the animal goods for the shelter, how do you feel afterwards?
Regan: I feel very happy and proud of myself to be doing something for others. The day I bring the donations to the shelter is one of my favorite days of the year. I feel so lucky that I get to see what all the donations mean to the shelter. I also realize what great family and friends I have. Everyone is so generous. There are people who send donations every year that I have never even met, but are friends of my family. I am so grateful to all the people that help make each year such a success.
MaryMargaret: I think that’s awesome that you love making other people happy and donating to the shelter. A little goes a long way, especially when it comes to the animal shelter! I remember meeting you last year at Kids Are Heroes Day. Did you enjoy it?
Regan: It was the best day ever! I made a lot of new friends and raised some money for Little Animal Shelter. I learned that even though you might feel like you are the only kid doing this, there are actually lots of kids who do good things for others. I loved visiting each table and talking to all the other kids. My family and I are going to Kids are Heroes Day again this year. I can’t wait to see some of my old friends and meeting more new kids.
MaryMargaret: I’m so glad you had fun! I can’t wait to see you again this year! Thank you so much for the awesome interview!
Make sure to check out Regan’s profile on the Kids Are Heroes website!