Marcus Helenski, an 11-year-old fifth-grade student, always bakes cookies with her grandmother every Wednesday when he suddenly got an inspiration to help his favorite animals in need. Marcus’ love for dogs inspired him to bake and sell doggy treats and donate the profits as a way to help the local animal rescue group.

Marcus shared that his Wednesday schedule is only half-days, so he uses his free time to bake pumpkin-flavored dog cookies. He felt that maybe he could earn money out of his favorite hobby, so he started selling the treats in his neighborhood.

Marcus sells his doggy treats for three dollars a bag, and he was able to sell a hundred bags all in all. He managed to donate 300 dollars to Durham Animal Response Team or DART, a non-profit organization that helps animals in need.

Marcus’ mother, Danielle Helenski, admitted that she was not really surprised that her boy thought of such a fantastic idea. According to Danielle, Marcus has always been fond of animals, especially dogs.

Danielle shared that Marcus has a pet dog, a German Shorthaired Pointer. She recalled that her son always plays with his four-legged best friend after baking sessions.

Danielle admitted that she was surprised at the positive response her son received from everyone. The pumpkin-flavored cookies were a hit, and they managed to donate a lot of money in such a short time because of it.

Danielle said that people were even requesting more baked dog treats because their dogs enjoyed eating them. However, Marcus is still busy in school, so they could only bake massive doggy cookie batches as soon as summer break starts.

The Helenski family was delighted that they could help the community while bonding over baking cookies. They hoped that more people would support Marcus’ fundraising activity over the summer to help more animals in need.

Source: WSFB 3 via YouTube


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