TAVARES, Fla. - To celebrate his Bar Mitzvah, 13-year-old Jacob Hornstein did something selfless, raising $700 for Lake County Animal Services.
“I love animals,” said Jacob. “I just decided they would be a lot better off with more money and more hope.”
The Villages Charter Middle School student, who also attends Congregation Beth Shalom Hebrew School in Leesburg, sent cards to his guests asking for donations rather than presents. In the end, the Lady Lake 7th grader even took some of the money given to him as gifts and gave it back to the shelter.
“My parents loved the idea and they said it would be really great if I got a lot of money,” Jacob said. “I got a lot more than I expected.”
Brian Sheahan, director of Lake County’s Community Safety & Compliance Department, thanked Jacob for his generous donation and noted that every little bit helps in running Animal Services.
Jacob made two trips to the shelter to hand in his donations, but they won’t be his last.
“I plan on going back because there was a dog that I loved there,” he said.
To find out more about Lake County Animal Services, or to donate funds to help with operations at the shelter, log on to www.lakecountyfl.gov/adopt, visit the shelter at 28123 County Road 561, Tavares, or call 352-343-9688.