HERKIMER – While dozens of Herkimer residents held garage sales Saturday to get rid of excess possessions and make some money, one young resident worked to raise money for homeless animals.
Julie Dorantes, daughter of thevalleyside.com co-founder Al Dorantes, has long taken part in the Herkimer Village-Wide Garage Sale day by selling refreshments to shoppers to earn some extra cash. But this year, the 9-year-old animal lover decided to donate all her earnings to The Herkimer County Humane Society, said Julie’s mother, Angie Dorantes.
“She even put together a raffle basket that she’s selling tickets for,” Dorantes said. “I think it’s just great.
Julie spent eight hours of her day selling chips, Lil’ Debbie snacks, beverages and raffle tickets to those who stopped by her family’s West German Street sale.
“This was 100 percent her idea,” said Al Dorantes. “She made all the signage and everything.”
Julie said her idea was born from a number of factors.
“When we adopted my dog at the humane society, I felt bad for all the other dogs there that don’t have homes,” she said. “And when I see dogs running around without owners and without collars, that makes me sad too.”
“My mom showed me a video on Facebook of a man letting a dog go in the woods,” she continued. “That’s just not right. I thought if I give money to the humane society I can help. It will help all the animals without homes – help feed them and find them families.”
By 4:00 p.m., Julie had succeeded in raising $94.85. Her parents said they planned to make up the difference so she could donate a solid $100 to the shelter.
“I think this is just the sweetest thing,” said garage-saler Colleen Denapole. “(Julie) told my daughter about it at school so we came today just for her.”