Kindergarten student donates proceeds from pumpkin sales to FHS

Published 12:43 pm Tuesday, October 10, 2023

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FOOTHILLS—There are so many ways people in the community can help the animals at Foothills Humane Society. Donations of food, toys, cleaning supplies, money and volunteer time all go toward helping the staff take care of the animals and work toward finding their forever homes. 

One special young man was recently a shining example of how to help. Five-year-old J.D. James, a kindergarten student at Spartanburg Day School, brought in a donation on Saturday, September 30 to help buy food for the cats and dogs at the shelter. 

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It all started earlier this spring when J.D. helped his grandfather plant pumpkins. As he watered and tended them throughout the summer, J.D. thought about what he was going to do with his pumpkin harvest. On a Saturday morning,  J.D. and his grandparents loaded up the ripe pumpkins and headed to the Landrum Farmers Market with high hopes and a sign for his booth. He worked all morning selling his pumpkins, and after selling out, headed over to Foothills Humane Society where he told his story and proudly donated the $72.00 he raised with his pumpkin crop.

The staff and animals all want to say “Great Job J.D.! Thank you so much for all of your hard work and your generosity!” 

To adopt, make a donation or sign up to foster or volunteer at the shelter, visit 



Submitted by Billie Jean Sheffron