He wasn't wearing a red suit with black boots and didn't have a white beard, but local sixth-grader Ryan Shank sure had the giving spirit when he stopped by the Humane Society of Washington County on Dec. 28.
That day, he brought a donation of $15 to help the animals in need at the shelter.
"I just wanted to help," Ryan said.
"What a thoughtful thing to do," said Paul Miller, executive director at the shelter. "Ryan gave up money he could have spent on a video game or toy to help those less fortunate. I think that is great."
The humane society is at 13011 Maugansville Road in Hagerstown. Call 301-733-2060 or go to www.hswcmd.org for information on animal-related issues, directions to the shelter and information about programs and services.