February 10, 2016: it was no normal day for a Louisville garbage collector. Working his route on this freezing morning, he saw what he thought was a bin of stuffed toys.
But what Gregory Curry of Rumpke Waste & Recycling discovered was heartbreaking. Four young puppies had been left to die in a plastic bin next to the dumpster - thrown away like they were garbage. Sadly, two of the puppies did not survive. The two living puppies were soaked in urine, shaking and clearly distressed.
When four-year-old Lily Marie first saw the Salvation Army bell ringers collecting money for charity, she asked her mother what they were doing. Her mother explained to her that donating money can help people who don't have much money buy important things like food or blankets. Lily Marie's face brightened with understanding as she told her mother that she wanted to donate all the money in her two small piggy banks, but not for the people, since other people were already donating money to them. Sweet Lilly Marie decided she wanted to give her money to the animals. When asked why, her answer? "Because they need food and blankets, too."