Alexis Baldwin celebrated her 12th birthday on Thursday by getting a certificate of recognition for helping homeless animals at the Portage County Dog Pound.
She also shared cake and a photo with Portage County commissioners, who lauded her for donating $400 to the Portage County Dog Pound.
Alexis raised the funds by collecting aluminum cans and foil.
Commissioner Kathleen Chandler thanked Alexis for her leadership and initiative in starting her own fundraising effort.
This was Alexis' second year of conducting her "cans for a cause" campaign. Alexis, who lives in Edinburg and will be a seventh-grader in the Southeast Schools District this fall, said she started collecting cans when she was 10 "because I like to make the world a better place."
She said she collects cans donated by neighbors and others each week, crushes them and turns them in on Earth Day.
Alexis is helped by her dad, Eugene Baldwin, who drives her on her collection rounds.
This year, she said, she is asking people who contribute cans to help pick which charity will benefit, to choose among Rose's Rescue, the Portage Animal Protective League, the Salvation Army and Feeding America, which helps homeless shelters.
Alexis said she is looking for people who want to donate cans. People who want to help can email her at email@example.com or call 330-325-0875.
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