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November 6, 2013

Rochester girl makes bracelets, raises funds for animal rescue organization

By Sherri Kolade
C & G Staff Writer

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Rochester Hills resident Joan Lunsford, left, purchases a bracelet from Rochester resident Elizabeth Doran. Doran, 9, makes Rainbow Loom bracelets to support the nonprofit organization Pet Ownership Education Team, or P.O.E.T., Nov. 3 at Pet Supplies Plus in Rochester Hills.

ROCHESTER HILLS — Rochester resident Elizabeth Doran, 9, deftly threaded tiny multi-colored rubber bands over a plastic loom half the length of her arm.

She turned the bands into Rainbow Loom bracelets in nearly every color of the rainbow.

On Nov. 3, the pint-sized go-getter sold the bracelets she and several volunteers made at Pet Supplies Plus, 1170 Walton Blvd., to support Michigan-based nonprofit Pet Ownership Education Team, or P.O.E.T.

P.O.E.T. saves dogs and puppies, and occasionally cats and kittens, in Michigan and Ohio; they also take in other pets on an as-needed basis.

“It is important to save animals’ lives and not have them be killed,” Elizabeth said, while dogs and puppies harmonized in the background.

Elizabeth raised more than $460 for the organization during the event, with 100 percent of the proceeds going toward the cause, said her mother, Leslie Doran.

“She has kind of evolved into it,” Leslie said of her daughter creating the bracelets. “She didn’t wake up and say, ‘I’m going to raise money.’”

Leslie said making bracelets started originally when her daughter and her daughter’s cousin missed an outdoor garage sale, and they didn’t know how to unload the bracelets Elizabeth had created.

Leslie said that is when she told her daughter about possibly incorporating charity work into the mix.

Helping out an animal-based charity came naturally to the mother-daughter duo, especially when Elizabeth discovered she could not have another cat or dog in the house. So she decided to give back to animals that were in need.

“Getting to understand that when a dog is found on the side of the road, it has two choices: they can either put it into a shelter or it is going to rescue. And she knows how this money is going to help more animals,” Leslie said.

Kathy LaFramboise, of P.O.E.T., said that Elizabeth raising the money for the organization was a “great surprise,” after Leslie contacted her about a month ago through Facebook.

“Anytime anybody offers (to donate or volunteer), we get excited; and when it is a kid, we get especially excited because a lot of our kids come to the event, and we’re trying to teach them how we do it and why we do it,” LaFramboise said. “When somebody from the outside volunteers, we appreciate that. We can’t do it without them.”

Rochester resident Sabrina Young said during the event that her sons purchased bracelets not only to be fashionable, but also to help the cause.

“There are so many orphaned animals out there, and people tend to go to breeders when these are perfect animals and they can be adopted and they need a good home,” she said. “I just find that this is a good cause to buy (the bracelets). My sons bought blue and orange bracelets; all their friends at school have them.”

Elizabeth said raising money for the animals has been a passion of hers for a while.

“I wanted to do this a long time ago,” she said. “I think animals should live a happy life because I am an animal lover. I like dogs and cats.”

For more information, go to www.poetanimalrescue.org/ or https://www.facebook.com/POETAnimalRescue.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Sherri Kolade at skolade@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1046.