A poster he saw at Williamsburg Elementary School inspired a Geneva boy to spend his summer raising money to help pets in need.
The poster was soliciting donations of supplies to give to an animal shelter. Adam Blackmore, 10, saw the poster and decided to raise money and get supplies for the Kane County Animal Shelter.
"We were surprised he took it on and ran with it," said his father, Brian Blackmore.
But maybe it shouldn't be unexpected, as he comes from a family of animal fans. A cousin owns a clinic in Hinsdale, and an uncle works for Earthborne Holistic Dog Food Co. The Blackmores have a black Labrador, Koda.
Adam set up a lemonade stand in front of his house on weekends and some weekdays. He put a decorated coffee can on the counter of his cousin's clinic. He sent fliers to neighbors and relatives.
And when he went to shop for supplies at the Meijer store in St. Charles, where his grandmother, Diane Petersen, works, the store director learned what he was doing and donated a $100 gift card to the cause.
Thursday afternoon, the shelter received food (including 55 jars of peanut butter to go inside Kong toys), treats, pet beds, blankets, paper towels, a dog cage and more from Adam, plus a check. His mother, father, sister and grandmother looked on proudly.
The animal shelter is run by Kane County, and located at 4060 Keslinger Road in Geneva. Its website is co.kane.il.us/AnimalControl/index.asp.