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Huntington girl honored after charitable birthday request

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LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

Most kids have a laundry list of things they want for their birthday, but one East Texas third grader had a rather unique and charitable request. For Sydnie Havard’s 9th birthday her wish was simple.

“I wanted to give dog food and cat food to the animals that didn’t have a home,” Havard said.

However, what she got in return was more than what was expected.

“I got a lot, and I bought some beds,” Havard said.

“It was bags and bags of stuff,” Winnie Berry Humane Society Executive Director, Mike Stephens said. “Treats, toys, and all kind of stuff that people gave to her.”

The large donation even shocked workers at the Winnie Berry Humane Society in Lufkin.

“We live in a great community, so we have people dropping stuff off all the time,” Stephens said. “It was a real surprise when I found out who, and why we were getting this donation.”

“It made me feel good because I was helping the animals at the animal shelter,” Havard said.

Once word got out about Havard’s generous birthday donation, organizers with American Legion felt it was only right to present her with a Good Deed Award.

“She’s a very sweet, kind, and loving young lady,” Lufkin American Legion president, Rita Redd said. “She’s very smart, and loves animals.”

“That’s a real reflection on her and her parents and the young lady she’s going to grow into,” Stephens said.

The noble third grader said she’s thankful for this recognition.

“I want to thank everybody from Winnie Berry and the American Legion,” Havard said.


Sydnie is the second recipient of the good deed award, which honors charitable work of Lufkin area children.

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