A True Volunteer Spirit

A True Volunteer Spirit

by Steve Gamel

Everybody loves to hear about children doing good deeds for others, right? Well, meet Lake Dallas resident Taylor Gilbert. Taylor, a fifth-grader at Shady Shores Elementary, spent this past summer pet sitting for area residents while at the same time volunteering her time three to four hours each day at the Lake Dallas Animal Shelter. When the summer was over, she had earned $200, which she immediately donated to the animal shelter.

“As a parent, you sit back and wonder how serious she really is going to be about it, but she was dead serious,” said Kristi Gilbert, Taylor’s mom. She did everything from clean cat kennels to walking dogs and socializing kittens. I’ve never seen a child with that much drive before. It floored me and also made me very proud.”

This isn’t the first time Taylor has displayed that true volunteer spirit and heart for others. She spent the summer of 2017 pet sitting and raised $200 to donate to one of her teachers who was suffering from breast cancer. “She came up with all of these ideas on her own,” Kristi Gilbert said. “She still donates her time to this day at the shelter.”

photo courtesy of Kristi Gilbert

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