A Rutherford County boy isn't asking for toys or video games for his birthday. Instead, he's asking for items he can donate to a local animal shelter.
Hunter Thornhill, 11, of Murfreesboro, turns 12 next week, and all he wants is friends, family and the community to donate pet supplies.
“They're losing food, and that's not good, or else, if they don't have food, [the animals] might die,” Hunter said.
He explained he has his own dogs and feels animals are people, too. Taking care of sheltered animals is just as important for Hunter.
“I didn't want them to die, so I decided to help them out,” Hunter stated.
Sam's Bar and Grill in Murfreesboro has already stepped up to help Hunter reach his goal by donating food.
Even a community in Indiana has contributed to the cause.
Another group on Facebook called Hunter's Hounds in Indiana, started by a 9-year-old boy, has helped Hunter here in Tennessee by making and sending dog beds.
“It's good to know that other people actually care in this world,” Hunter told News 2.
So far, Hunter has received 576 pounds.
His family intends to deliver donations on Saturday, October 26.
This is the second year Hunter has held the drive.
To support Hunter and his cause, visit his Facebook page, Hunter's Hounds of Tennessee.