My kids and their cousins read about pandas on the cereal box last fall and it has spiraled into an obsession with pandas and red pandas. They decided they were going to save the pandas. They sat in front of our house with signs and people stopped and gave them money. 3 people told them they would match whatever they raised. So after 3 days, these 4 little kids ages 6-10 raised $275! They wanted some to go to the giant pandas and the rest to go to the red pandas at the St. Louis zoo.
Bella Zapata’s grandparents gave her a book about pandas and ever since she’s been hooked and reading it over and over again. Pandas are the 9-year-old’s favorite animal and she loves watching YouTube videos of baby ones. For her birthday this year, instead of asking for presents, she’s turned her passion into action. Bella collected donations to go directly towards helping endangered giant pandas. “I mean truly it warms my heart for even having the thought to want to do something like this,” Bella’s mom Kalyn Zapata said. “It’s the good that we want to see in the world.” Bella partnered with Dough Mama’s Bakery to collect donations through the month of August. They had tons of customers putting money in a jar for Bella along with the bakery contributing their tips to the jar as well. All donations money raised went directly to Pandas International to protect the world’s giant pandas. Bella celebrated her 10th birthday in August and she ended up collecting and donating over $1,000! She was able to symbolically adopt a panda for a year with her donation.
My name is Joanna, I’m 8 years old and I live in South Carolina (USA). I love pandas. I became interested in Giant Pandas when my brother and I were watching Mei Mei in the Born in China film. For Christmas I received a symbolic adoption of Hua Mei and I was so excited that I borrowed all of the Panda books from our local library! I’ve learned about red pandas, too! As I figured out how endangered giant pandas are, I wanted to do Pennies for Pandas to help. In a couple of months we raised $56. I used my birthday money and friends donated when they saw my Pennies for Pandas bucket. Learning about Pandas and animals is so much fun, I like to cut out their pictures from magazines and tape them on my wall! Thank you Joanna for your help saving the giant panda.
My name is Ezra and I am 10 years old. I made my first donation a couple years ago around 2018. Every year starting when I was 6, I have an art card sale. I take drawings I have made and print them onto cards. Then I sell them at a craft fair. This year I made a set of cards with panda drawings and I chose to donate 50% of the sales to Pandas International. I also chose to donate another $30 from my card sales to make it a total of $80. I am planning on doing this fundraiser for Pandas International for the rest of the years that I do the craft fair and I hope to make more money next year to support the pandas. Thank you Ezra for your continued support and help in saving the giant panda.
Ella is a 10 year old that has a love of all things panda. She decided instead of a birthday party she would have a fundraiser to help pandas. She put together little bags of panda stickers and panda snacks and raised $325 from friends and family. We did not expect so many donations! Thank you Ella for helping to save the giant pandas.
A group of girls from Oceanside Elementary School took it upon themselves to help save Panda Bears on the weekend. The girls, who are in Mme. Lawrence’s Grade 3/4 class, were concerned when they learned that Panda Bears are endangered. They made a variety of homemade items for the sale, including clay creations, bracelets, cookies, bookmarks and lemonade. They’re goal was to raise $100, and in the end they raised $235.35 which will go to Pandas International. From left, Ayla, Raeli (a sister/helper), Juliana, Autumn and Sadie. Missing from the photo is Sophie.
Our Kindergarten has been learning about the Giant Panda. Our students learned that the giant panda is vulnerable and needs our help! Our Annual Panda Bake Sale has turned into Popcorn for Pandas. For 17 years, the Kindergarten has been adopting Tong Tong, also known as Village, through Pandas International. Each year we have raised the money for the adoption through our community project. This year thanks to the generosity of our community were were able to re-adopt Tong Tong and raise over $1,000. Thank you Village Kindergarten for continuing to make a difference for the giant pandas!
Pia, Sophia and Ella held a bake-sale on their street during the summer holidays, selling cupcakes, brownies and homemade lemonade as well as preparing a special cookie that people could guess the weight off for a donation. Through their efforts they have been able to raise a staggering £66 for Pandas International. Thank you for girls for helping the giant pandas.
My name is Brodie and I am 9 years old. I learned about pandas and the dangers they are in by watching YouTube videos about them. I wanted to do something to help them. Last year, I started two jars for pennies 4 pandas. I collected change for a year. My goal was $50. I collected $120! I was very excited knowing I saved a lot to help the pandas. Thank you Brodie for helping the giant pandas.
My name is Jayne and I turned 11 years old in February of this year. Every year since I was 5 I have chosen to raise money to donate to animal charities for my birthday. Usually I have a collection jar at my birthday party and the invitation asks people to donate instead of giving me gifts. This year, because of Covid, I was not able to have a birthday party, but I knew I wanted to raise money for pandas. I chose pandas because I know they are endangered, and no one wants to lose those sweet little orca bears from the world. 😊 The majority of the stuffed animals that I keep in my bed are pandas. My family loves pandas so much we all have panda stuffies. Since I couldn’t have a party and send invitations asking for donations this year, I raised the money by reaching out to friends, family and family friends through email and asking them to donate money to Pandas International and The World Wildlife Foundation for my birthday. I also had my mom post about my birthday fundraiser on Facebook. I raised more money than I usually do and was able to give $150 to Pandas International. I am so happy that Pandas International is working so hard to care for these wonderful animals. I hope more people will get involved and make sure that the pandas get all the help and support that they need. Thank you Jayne for your dedication and help to save the giant pandas.