Jayson Scott Kimberly founder of the leave it for the pooch program
interview by Wendy Slaton | photos by Heart & Lens Photography
What started as a service project for a young student, has now become a true passion for this 12-year-old student from Montgomery. Jayson created “Leave it for the Pooch”, a program that collects new and gently used items, and food for cats and dogs. The donations are then given to area rescue groups, fosters and shelters. In addition, Jayson’ love for all animals continues through his “Pennies Four Paws,” which helps to raise money for injured strays that are in desperate need of veterinary care. To date, he has collected more than $2,000 towards these efforts.After learning how many homebound senior citizens were portioning their meals to feed their pets, Jayson began a Facebook campaign to support the aniMeals program, created by Meals on Wheels. His efforts raised over $1,200 for the program, which allowed him to stock the shelves with food for these pets. Jayson is an honor student from Montgomery where he’s a member of the Student Council, National Junior Honor Society, and a member of the Alumni Council for Education in Action.
HFM sat down to find out more…
What inspired you to start your projects to help animals?
What advice do you have for other kids who have a desire to serve others but don’t know where to begin?
It sounds like you are a very busy kid on the weekends, who helps you since you aren’t able to drive?
Do you have any pets?
What is your favorite subject in school?
What else do you like to do? Any hobbies?
What do you want to do when you grow up?
Is there anything else you want us to know about you?