HENDERSON, TX (KLTV) - Maley Green loves visiting animals at the Henderson Animal Shelter.
So, it was no surprise to her family when Maley decided to ask her friends to bring presents for the shelter's animals, instead of presents for herself, at her December in-door water park birthday party.
"I had a lot of stuff so I decided that I didn't need anything. I told my friends to wait until they get the invitation in the mail and read what it says on there for the animal shelter," said Green.
From cat litter and dog food to towels and sheets, Maley's birthday present requests were much needed necessities for the animals.
"What blew my mind was an 11-year-old coming up with this and thinking about it. I'm like, that is just too cool for the youth, to think about the animals. She brought the laundry detergent to keep them clean. She brought some food which is a biggie; keep them[animals] bellies full and keep them warm," said Animal Shelter Supervisor, Ronnie Whittington.
While many kids would be eager to get birthday presents, for Maley, giving is just fine.
"It made me feel happy!"
"We're just very happy and we hope that other children will learn from this. With it being Christmas and her birthday, it's not about what you get, it's about what you give," said Maley's Mom, Dee Dee Green.
So, what's Maley's birthday wish for the animals?
"For them to find good homes,"said Green.
The Henderson Animal Shelter says, it's giving from East Texans like Maley that keep the shelter going. Even if you can't adopt an animal, the shelter wants more East Texans to try and help sponsor animals, by giving monetary donations or simply donating necessity items to the shelter.
For more information, you can call the Henderson Animal Shelter at 903-657-7651.