May 4, 2014 7:24 PM

Merced Matters: 13-year-old a positive force for animal welfare

The birthday wish list for most 9-year-old girls is filled with toys and clothes. But Emily Ewing is not like most girls. For her ninth birthday, Ewing asked her friends to bring a $5 to $10 donation instead of presents. Every penny raised – almost $100 – went to a local nonprofit that rescues animals in need.

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