Holy Name Students Sacrifice Gifts to Aid Shelter Animals



From back are Evlyn Harwood, Amanda Ellis, Nika Milenkoff, Stryker and Anja Milenkoff.

Anja Milenkoff and Evlyn Harwood are students in Rose Gentilecore’s ELKP class at Holy Name Catholic Elementary School in Welland.

Each celebrated their birthdays in mid-June. Anja turned five, and Evlyn turned six. Anja’s little sister Nika also celebrated her third birthday at the same time.

Without realizing it, the girls decided to give up birthday gifts from their families and friends this year, and instead collected items for the Welland SPCA. Evlyn also had her long hair cut and donated her locks to make a wig for a child with cancer.

On Thursday, Amanda Ellis, Enforcement Manager at the Welland Humane Society and OSPCA Inspector, was joined by shelter mascot Stryker to visit the students and pick up the items they collected.

Ms. Ellis spoke to the children about the importance of knowing how to safely approach a strange animal, and then students had the chance to pet Stryker.

She thanked the children and told them how much their kindness will help dogs and cats waiting to be adopted to their furever homes.


Terry Antoniou, Principal of Holy Name Catholic Elementary School, said the kindness and generosity of the two girls is evidence of the work that is done daily in our Catholic schools, and reinforced at home.

“These little girls are certainly a blessing to us,” she said.




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