BROCKWAY — At simply Eight years outdated, Grace Preston of Brockway started dedicating her work ethic towards serving to animals.
Preston, now 16 and a scholar at DuBois Christian Faculty, began “Grace’s Goodies” canine biscuits enterprise at age 8, she mentioned, which she offered on the native farmers market.
At the start of the COVID-19 quarantine, the enterprise grew to become “Grace’s Goodies and Graphic Design.” Run out of Preston’s dwelling storage, that includes objects akin to T-shirts, bottles, mugs, face shields and soon-to-be, hats.
In reminiscence of the household’s Australian Shepherd, Snickers, Preston lately donated to a mission via the “Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Group,” an initiative of No Canine Left behind that rescued 19 canines from high-kill shelters in North Carolina, transporting them right here to Pennsylvania.
Preston raised the funds partially in lieu of items for her 16th birthday, but additionally donated a portion of the proceeds made out of working her enterprise, her mom, Sandy, mentioned. Up to now eight years, she has donated greater than $14,000.
Preston grew up with Snickers, she says, who died two years in the past at age 16. So, she determined to do one thing extra in honor of her reminiscence.
“I used to be a child, and Snickers was my child,” she mentioned. “She was my first canine to move away. I like animals, and I cherished my canine, so I assumed, ‘Let’s do that.’”
Preston’s mom helps her pay for provides for the graphic design enterprise, and he or she pays her again as soon as the objects promote, she mentioned.
“She’s my fundamental supply of funding,” she mentioned.
Preston makes many customized orders, she says, and affords animal-related objects, donating proceeds to space shelters and organizations akin to Willow Run Sanctuary of Brookville.
“Individuals know I’ve a very good work ethic,” she mentioned. “I’ll put as a lot effort into what they’re shopping for from me as potential.”
Go to Grace’s Graphic Design on Fb.