Metuchen Y Hosts Donation Party for Selfless 9-year-old

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The Metuchen Y is a great place enjoyed by the community. But one little girl used her birthday party there to raise a lot of money for a good cause. 

In lieu of a regular party with presents all for her, Marcella Iversen from Edison chose to have a donation birthday party this year for the ASPCA.
 She created a web page on the ASPCA site and let friends and family know about her special day. "Instead of a gift for me, please help animals in need by donating to the ASPCA for my 9th birthday.
 I love animals so much it breaks my heart to see them abused or abandoned."
 
 Marcella gave them some information on the ASPCA to read about and asked them to help her reach her goal of $200.
 

Because of the generosity and kindness of so many friends and family, $900 was raised to help animals in need.
 
 Since the winter was so cold and snowy, we are all looking forward to some warmer weather, so she had a pool /gym party at the YMCA. Her party invitations featured animals in a pool to keep with the general theme.

She got the idea of a donation party by watching the Disney Channel where there is a segment called , "Disney Friends for Change".  They highlight a child who does something to make a positive change in the world.  Marcella was so impressed by these youngsters and their creativity, hard work and big hearts that she wanted to do something as well.  So she decided to raise funds through her birthday for animals. 
 This is the second year Marcella  has had a donation birthday. Last year she raised $780 for St. Jude Children's hospital.
 

Marcella's mom Donna told MM, "Both years her young guests arrived with huge smiles and looked so proud to donate to others in need.
 
 A few parents have told us that their kids were very amazed and inspired by Marcella's idea and plan to do something of the same for causes near and dear to them. Pretty awesome!
 I believe it caused them to think and made some impact on these kids." Congratulations to Marcella for her selfless concern for animals and to her family for helping her make such a generous dream come true!

If you are interested in a birthday party at the Y, click through their ad on this page for more information.

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