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When my mom and dad said that we could adopt a couple of kittens, I jumped at the chance to have some soft, cuddly animals around the house. So off we went to the Humane Society where there were a lot of animals up for adoption.

The first thing I noticed was that there was not a lot of room for the animals and not a lot of supplies to care for them. Even though they didn’t have much, the people who worked there cared about the animals more than anything, and they did their best for them. Still, it seemed they had just barely enough food and medicine to keep the animals healthy.

When we started looking around, I saw a lot of ­animals and fell in love with each of them. But my family and I finally settled on adopting two kittens we named Sox and Sierra. We went up to the front desk to sign the papers for them, and that’s when I noticed a box on the counter. The Humane Society was hoping to get enough donations to buy more supplies for the animals and also build a new building to help even more abandoned animals.

We finished up and took our new kittens
home, where they were sure to get a lot of love. Later that day, my mom and I went shopping, and as we were walking through the parking lot at the store, I noticed a green piece of paper three spaces away from our car. It was kind of wet, but it looked like it could be a dollar bill, so I walked over and picked it up. It wasn’t a dollar bill—it was a twenty-dollar bill!

When I got home, I dried it off and thought about what to do with it. I considered spending it on a toy and a lot of other things. Right then, Sox climbed up into my lap, and I knew what I was going to do with the money.

I asked my mom to take me back to the Humane Society so that I could put the money in the donation box. The lady at the counter smiled and thanked me, and I felt really good about what I did.

If the Humane Society does raise enough money to build a new building, I will know that I helped many more animals that will come to live there one day—hopefully, only until someone comes along and lovingly adopts them like we did with Sox and Sierra.

© 2006 from Chicken Soup for the Child’s Soul


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     Martin had just received his brand new driver's license.  The family troops out to the driveway, and climbs in the car, where he is going to take them for a ride for the first time. Dad immediately heads for the back seat, directly behind the newly minted driver.

 "I'll bet you're back there to get a change of scenery after all those months of sitting in the front passenger seat teaching me how to drive," says the beaming boy to his father.

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Strawberry Mudslide Pie

1 (12-oz.) pkg. chocolate chips
2 (8-oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
2 tsp. vanilla
1 prepared 8-in. crumb pie crust
1 (16-oz.) pkg. frozen sliced strawberries in syrup, thawed
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tbsp. cornstarch
Whipped cream

Melt chocolate chips in double broiler over hot water; mix until smooth. Cool to room temperature.

Beat cream cheese until fluffy; beat in chocolate and vanilla until smooth and blended. Pour into pie crust; smooth top. Chill until firm.

Meanwhile, heat strawberries in small saucepan. Mix lemon juice and cornstarch; add to strawberries. Cook and stir over medium heat until clear and thickened, about 3 to 4 minutes. Cool to room temperature.

Pour over pie; spread to cover chocolate filling. Chill. Garnish with the whipped cream.

Makes 8 to 10 servings

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