STANTON — Mya Sternhagen celebrated her 11th birthday on Monday with some new friends — the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners.
Commissioner Adam Petersen of Montcalm Township and his colleagues formally regarded the Sheridan girl for her volunteer effort in elevating money for the Montcalm County Animal Shelter.
Mya created and marketed scorching cocoa bombs this earlier winter and raised about $130, which she used to order canine and cat meals and other materials for the shelter in Stanton.
Petersen presented Mya with a certificate of recognition, alongside with some discount codes and T-shirts donated by the regional McDonald’s cafe.
“As a board we’d like to thank you for your attempts and contributions to help in the betterment of the Montcalm County Animal Shelter,” Petersen told Mya as commissioners and viewers associates applauded her. “We actually recognize it.”
Mya, the daughter of Eric and Kristin Sternhagen, is a fifth-grader at Central Montcalm Elementary College. She also has a brother, Landon.
“She has heaps of thoughts and it is always about donating for a result in,” Kristin instructed the Every day News. “She never would like to retain anything for herself. We are very very pleased of her. She truly is these kinds of a type soul.”
Mya informed the Daily News that she loves animals — her family farm is dwelling to lots of, including two shelter dogs, Copper and Newt, an additional canine named Luna, a horse named Captain and a “crazy pig” named Bella who sits for treats and carries around sticks.
Mya particularly has a coronary heart for rescue animals. She pointed out, “rescue does not imply broken, it just suggests they have been let down by human beings.”
“Ever given that my canine Leo died of most cancers, I have wanted to make positive that animals have a happy nutritious life for the time God offers them,” Mya mentioned. “Animal shelter animals don’t have any individual to appreciate them, so I preferred to make them truly feel particular. I watched a baking exhibit and imagined it would be entertaining to make scorching cocoa bombs and promote them to aid the animals.”
Mya hoped to elevate about $70 by earning and offering sizzling cocoa bombs, but she was surprised at the demand for them and she just about doubled that amount. She didn’t raise the dollars for recognition, but phrase bought out when the Animal Shelter posted a image thanking her on Fb.
“I was really excited when my mom informed me,” she recalled. “I was shocked simply because I didn’t recognize it was a little something individuals would be chatting about.”
Mya mentioned it was “cool” to be regarded at Monday’s county board meeting.
“I was seriously anxious about heading up there in entrance of all people individuals,” she explained. “I assumed they were tremendous generous and awesome. Commissioner Adam Petersen didn’t will need to do that, it was truly wonderful of him.”
Search for “Friends of Montcalm County Animal Control” on Facebook for much more details about Montcalm County Animal Regulate and the Animal Shelter.