Larrison’s community service project benefits the animal shelter

| July 6, 2021

The 2019 West Lafayette Junior Homecoming Queen Maddie Larrison set up a stand in front of the Ridgewood General Store on July 2 to sell popcorn, juice boxes and water for her community service project. All of the money would be donated to the Coshocton County Animal Shelter. (Jen Jones)

Maddie Larrison, 2019 West Lafayette Homecoming Junior Queen, knew her community service projects needed to benefit the animals at the Coshocton County Animal Shelter. “It just makes me so sad that the animals don’t have homes. I think every animal deserves a home where they are loved and safe.” Her family adopted their dogs Bella, about four years ago, and Cooper, almost five years ago, from the shelter.

On July 2, Larrison set up a stand outside the Ridgewood General Store and sold water, juice boxes and popcorn. All of the donations would benefit the animal shelter. Shelby Theatres donated all of the popcorn for her stand. “Mr. and Mrs. Davis own the store and were nice enough to let her set up here,” said Shelly Larrison, Maddie’s mom.

Her Popcorn for the Pups stand isn’t the only way Maddie helps the animals at the shelter.  Although COVID has affected her projects, she was able to collect cans and donated that money to the shelter. “There was a dog named Summer there who had a skin disorder. One time, when I took money, I asked if that money could be used for her adoption fee so she could have a home,” said Maddie. For her birthday, she asked friends and family to make donations to the shelter instead of buying gifts for her.

“The shelter needs cleaning supplies, paper towels, dog and cat treats and food, stuff like that,” said Maddie.

Larrison has enjoyed her time as junior homecoming queen. “I liked meeting new people and making friends. And it was fun telling people about West Lafayette at festivals I got to go to.”  She has a few more festivals to attend before a new junior queen will be crowned at the end of July.

“I want to thank the General Store for letting me do this today, the chamber of commerce and my Queen Director Shanna Weaver. And I want to invite everyone to come to the West Lafayette Homecoming, July 29 – 31. There will be a parade, bounce houses and vendors.”

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