Creativity meets generosity
MONTVILLE, N.J. – Her generosity all started with a text that Sophie Guss received at school one day from her mom who was watching The Today Show. She said that her mom knew it was something that would intrigue her.
The Today Show was featuring 4 Paws for Ability. And it was perfect timing for the artistic 16-year-old sophomore at Montville Township High School in Montville, NJ.
“I had been trying to find an organization to get involved in and as soon as I heard about 4 Paws, I knew I wanted to help,” said the creative, self-proclaimed animal lover, whose family has always had rescue dogs as pets. Kenzie, a hound mix, is the Guss family’s current and third rescue dog.
“I feel good about helping these dogs who might not otherwise have homes. They give people unconditional love. There’s nothing like walking in my house knowing my dog will be so excited to see me!”
Guss said that she also loves children—which goes hand-in-paw with the mission of 4 Paws for Ability. In fact, she volunteers in an afterschool program in a nearby town with young children.
Helping children and helping dogs is the two-fold combination that made this venture kismet, as Guss visited 4PawsForAbility.org. After a few quick clicks of her mouse, she knew that this was something worthy of her time and talent.
“When I read the children’s stories, it made me want to help out,” said Guss. “I decided to do this because I love children and animals and I was looking to help an organization that could combine these two interests. When I heard about 4 Paws, it was perfect.”
She designed and sold tribute cards for $5 each.
“I emailed friends and family and told them about 4 Paws for Ability. It was nice when several people forwarded my email to their friends because they wanted to support me and your organization.”
She sold packs of four cards at $20 and raised $400 for 4 Paws for Ability.
4 Paws for Ability isn’t the first organization that Guss has donated her time or efforts. She cut her hair for Locks of Love twice and when she was 13, she raised about $1,000 for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
Earlier this year, she participated in a walk-a-thon for the rescue organization that saved her dog Kenzie, and raised $375.
While the do-gooder teenager hasn’t yet visited Xenia to see the dogs and children whom she is helping with her efforts, she hopes to plan a trip to 4 Paws for Ability soon.
“Hopefully in the future, I can come. I will be looking at colleges next year, so maybe if I am nearby, I can visit,” said Guss.
Do you have a fundraising idea that you’d like to share with 4 Paws for Ability?
Tell us! Or DONATE NOW!
-By Jessica Noll-Korczyk
Click on the images below to see the card’s interior/exterior designs.