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Ten years old and making a difference

Posted December 6, 2008 05:41 PM

By Emma Johnson, Globe Correspondent

Even the youngest person can make a difference. Just ask Alana Willsey. The 10-year-old Newton resident will be selling her homemade jewelry at Newton South High School's arts and crafts fair Sunday. The proceeds will go to benefit the MSPCA.

“I have two dogs, and I love animals,” Alana said today in a telephone interview. “I wanted to find a way to help them any way I could.”

After learning that she was too young to volunteer at animal shelters, Willsey decided to try to raise money for them. She first tried selling T-shirts, but eventually hit on jewelry, which she learned to make when she was eight. She calls her project Charms 4 Change.

“She said she wanted to change the lives of animals,” said Willsey’s mother, Pamela. “I thought, how inspirational for kids her age to see.”

The money she receives for her jewelry will be split between the Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston and Pit Bull Rescue Central. Her father, Lance Willsey, said that Alana has an abiding passion for animal welfare.

“We went on vacation to the Florida Keys, and she made it a priority to visit the local animal shelters,” said Willsey. “She’s very passionate and committed to her cause.”

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