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‘They just need love.’ Birthday fundraiser aims to support ENC animal shelter

This is the 6th year in a row Kaden Simpson is asking for donations to the Duplin County Animal Shelter for his birthday.
Published: Jan. 18, 2021 at 1:48 PM EST
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KENANSVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - For as long as he can remember, it’s been Kaden’s Simpson’s calling to help animals who need it.

“They just need love,” said Simpson. “Whenever I see them in shelters, I basically see them crying out ‘adopt me!’

He has autism, and an intense love for animals.

This is why he has rescued two cats and a dog of his own. It’s also why this is the sixth year in a row that he’s asking for donations to his GoFundMe page supporting the Duplin County Animal Shelter for his birthday.

“It brings his like spirit up so much,” said Jessica Daughtry, Kaden’s mom. “I tell him the amount he you can see it like working in his head. ‘What can this money do to help?’”

In October, Kaden was given an award from PETA for his help for nearly two dozen animals left hurt and homeless by a home explosion outside of Beulaville.

The fundraiser is the best gift he can ask for.

“I might be doing something right,” said Daughtry. “I just try and show him love and teach him how to care about things other than himself. And it’s not just about you.”

He has already donated thousands to the shelter, and hopes this fundraiser will raise $8,000 more.

You can donate to the GoFundMe page here. Kaden will turn 12 on February 19th.

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