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9-year-old Central Texan serving to endangered pandas for her birthday


TROY, Texas (KWTX) – Bella Zapata’s grandparents gave her a e book about pandas and ever since she’s been hooked and studying it over and over.

Pandas are the soon-to-be 10-year-old’s favourite animal and he or she loves watching YouTube movies of child ones.

For her birthday this yr, as a substitute of asking for presents, she’s turning her ardour into motion. Bella is gathering donations to go immediately in the direction of serving to endangered big pandas.

“I imply really it warms my coronary heart for even having the thought to need to do one thing like this,” Bella’s mother Kalyn Zapata mentioned. “It’s the great that we need to see on the planet.”

Bella is partnering with Dough Mama’s Bakery to gather donations by way of the month of August. The bakery is gathering cash and {dollars} in a tip jar on the counter.

“We’ve had tons of shoppers which were throwing their cash in there and we’ve been throwing our ideas in there for them too,” Dough Mama’s Bakery proprietor Amber Rodriguez mentioned. “Something to assist the youth of Troy.”

There’s nonetheless a couple of week and a half left in August, however Bella has already surpassed her authentic purpose of elevating $100. And he or she’s not executed but.

“Now we’re pushing for our new purpose which is $250,” Kalyn mentioned. “She’ll get a T-shirt, and a framed image of the pandas she helps and a certificates along with her identify on it. Pins, jewels, rubber bracelets and issues like that.”

All cash raised will go on to the nonprofit Pandas Worldwide to guard the world’s big pandas. The group helps feed the endangered species and plant extra bamboo for them to eat.

The most recent estimates from the World Wildlife Fund present there are solely about 1,800 big pandas left on the planet.

Bella’s tenth birthday is Aug. 20 and he or she’ll be gathering donations by way of the remainder of the month.

Pennies could be dropped off within the tip jar at Dough Mama’s Bakery in Troy. Bella and her mother are additionally accepting donations through Venmo @KZapata13, Money App $KZapata13 and PayPal KZapata13@yahoo.com.


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