Disaster led 10-year-old Frannie of Missouri City, Texas, to something magical.
After Hurricane Harvey hit the area Frannie called home — forcing her and her family to evacuate for five days — the compassionate child wanted to find a way to help her neighbors and all of those affected by the natural disaster.
“Many people in our area had flooded homes and neighbors were helping each other but my mom said it wasn’t safe for kids to help because of the dirty water and mold,” Frannie told PEOPLE. “Then we saw the news where the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) was going house to houses on boats, rescuing pets and animals who were left behind. I decided to do a lemonade stand and asked some friends to help.”
To encourage sales, Frannie and her friends decided to call themselves “Harvey’s Animal Helpers” and made a video about their cause. The girl’s mother put the clip in on a GoFundMe page, and soon Frannie’s neighbors were lining up to get a sip of lemonade.
“We sold lemonade for about three days, and we made $3,500 in one week,” the little animal lover said of the results.
The HSUS didn’t let Frannie’s hard work and large donation go unappreciated.
“Children can and do make a difference in this world, and Frannie is pure evidence of that,” Kitty Block, acting president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, said of Frannie’s big heart. “The connection between humans and animals can be very powerful – and even life changing as is the case with Frannie. When someone steps up and goes above and beyond to help animals, the world is a better place.”
As a thank you for her efforts, HSUS arranged a trip for Frannie to Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch, an animal sanctuary in Murchison, Texas, that is run by HSUS partner The Fund for Animals.