Celia O’Shea and her younger brother Harrison are born and raised ORHS volunteers, helping their grandfather Marlo Neuleib with his volunteer duties at the center for many years. Unfortunately, their mother, Gina O’Shea, is allergic to cats and dogs, so this is the precious time they get to spend loving on our animals at the center.
Four years ago, Celia took it upon herself to find another creative way to help the dogs and cats in our care. She created “Lemonade for the Paws,” a lemonade stand outside of the Paper Soiree, and decided to donate all proceeds to the rescue. Every year since then, to celebrate her birthday, Celia, Harrison and their friends sell lemonade to raise money for ORHS. This year, they doubled what was raised last year, collecting over $800.
Celia has no intentions of stopping her birthday tradition and plans to host “Lemonade for the Paws” every year until she goes to college. When asked why Celia prefers to celebrate her birthday by giving back, her mother had a simple answer.
“She has a heart for the animals at ORHS and thought it would be a super fun way to celebrate her birthday with her friends by having a lemonade stand and donating the money to the humane society,” Gina said. "I am so proud of their work ethic with the stand. They always set up early and stay late too!”
Also, Critter Mayor of Lake Oconee "No Fuss” Gus Schurig did his civic duty and stopped by to show his support for the kids, and he immediately fell in love with them.
Celia and her friends are the future of ORHS and we are so very grateful for their volunteer spirit and generous souls!