E. Alabama 10-year-old helps save Gulf birds

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AUBURN, AL (WTVM) -  The oil spill on the Gulf has affected millions and one young girl in Auburn, Alabama is trying to help in the clean-up efforts.

If you ever question whether a little bit can go along way, this story will prove you wrong. We received an e-mail about a young girl who is pulling a community together and saving the animals along the Gulf Coast.

The Ingram family had been following the news coverage about the oil spill in the Gulf, when their ten year old daughter decided to tune in.

Gregory Ingram told News Leader Nine, "They started talking about the pelicans out there and Shannon came in the room and got interested. I asked her "well, what do you want to do about it?"

Shannon's answer was simple, she wanted to help. She said, "I really thought it was bad, really bad. Those poor animals didn't deserve to have that happen to them."

She wrote a letter asking for Dawn and sent it out to her neighborhood's e-mail accounts.

"They get the Dawn and wash them off a little bit and they wash all the birds," explained ten year old Shannon.

While our cameras were rolling, one neighbor even stopped by with his young daughters to drop off some cleaning supplies. Richard Bailey said, "This has impacted the state of Alabama and the Gulf, and we're animal lovers in our family, and it's just a sad sight to see. We wanted to pitch in and help. Shannon getting involved is fantastic and shows she's a special girl and cares a lot."

Shannon says a lot of neighbors have given her positive feedback on her efforts, "They've said it was nice and really helpful of me."

Because of all her hard work, her dad made a deal with her. Gregory said, "We agreed to take a drive down to Gulf Shores next Saturday, August 7th to deliver her products."

The family is overwhelmed with the outpouring of donations, and they're glad their little girl is trying to make a difference in the world, "That makes me proud that a ten year old going into the fifth grade has the mindset to do something like that."

Shannon added, "It makes me feel good and it makes me feel like I did something good for the birds."

A lot of people have already been encouraged to help just by seeing Shannon's e-mail, and if our viewers want to help her collect more cleaning products, or just send her a kind word you can e-mail the family at mygodstiming@aol.com or send your cleaning products to:

Shannon Ingram
240 Belmonte Drive
Auburn, AL 36830

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