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Debert child creates her own fundraiser to benefit the Colchester SPCA

DEBERT – A young Debert resident is combining two passions to benefit animals in the county.

Debert’s Mercedes Swan has been busy the past few weeks. She has made and sold almost 200 loom-based arm bracelets, and the proceeds will go to the Colchester SPCA. Monique Chiasson – Truro Daily News

Mercedes Swan, 11, recently decided to make loom arm bracelets and sell them to friends and family, classmates and the community to raise money for the Colchester SPCA.

“I love making bracelets and I love animals. All animals,” said Mercedes. “I’ve always wanted to support the SPCA because it’s a good cause and I heard they needed help getting a roof for the animals to help protect them.”

The Grade 5 Debert Elementary School student, who has two fish, a kitten and dog and takes horse riding lessons, made about 200 bracelets and had 49 orders, which are all recorded in a fundraising notebook, in the past few weeks. She sold each bracelet for 50 cents, but many people gave her a larger donation. She ultimately raised $250 for the shelter and intends to present the money to the Truro-based facility on the weekend.

“It’s makes me feel very proud,” of the achievement, Mercedes told the Truro Daily News. “And I’m happy my friends wanted to help by buying bracelets … the goal was to raise $50, then $100 or $150.”

Mercedes’ mother, Karen, is impressed with her daughter’s fundraising efforts.

“It was a lot of work. She took ownership of it and was very responsible,” said Karen. “She also learned about handling money, too. I’m very proud of her.”

Sara Delaney, the SPCA’s manager, told the Truro Daily News Mercedes’ gift is a huge blessing.

“It’s fantastic to see a young person taking initiative and hopefully it paves the way for others,” said Delaney.

She said the money will be used towards roof repairs.

Twitter: tdnMonique



Organizations: Grade 5 Debert Elementary School, Truro Daily News

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  • Cathy
    April 12, 2014 - 08:35

    I think she's an amazing little girl to take on doing such a great thing herself. More people should be like this. Great job!!!

  • Quien
    April 11, 2014 - 10:00

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