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Maple Grove Youth, Mainstream Boutique Partner for Animal Humane Society Fundraiser

Apr 30, 2017 08:02PM ● By Wendy Erlien

Leah Rimstad (center) along with Mainstream Boutique owners Gina Hoben (left) and Donna Rongstad (right). (Photo by Wendy Erlien / Maple Grove Voice)

At only 10-years-old, Maple Grove resident Leah Rimstad is already making an impact in the lives of animal.

For the third year in a row, the Rush Creek Elementary fourth grader is participating in the annual Walk for Animals May 6 in Golden Valley – a fundraiser for the Animal Humane Society.

Her reason for participating is simple.

“I love animals and it’s fun to raise money and it goes to a great cause,” Leah said.

Along with her mother (Carrie) and dog (Shady), Leah is walking this year in memory of animals in her life that have passed away (Rueben, Thompson, Squeekers and Oreo).

“Leah's passion has only grown stronger for the animals and I believe her donation goal gets larger as well,” Carrie said. “Every year we get so many people that continue to donate and open their hearts to helping the animals. I believe so many of our friends and family see a future for Leah working with animals. We thank everyone so much for continuing to support Leah and the animals.”

To help drive donations toward her $1,000 goal, Leah partnered up with Mainstream Boutique owners (and mother/daughter team) Donna Rongstad and Gina Hoben to sell handmade bath bombs and animal bracelets for $3 each - with 100 percent of the funds raised going to her fundraiser for the Walk for Animals.

“Leah wanted to give back to the people that donated. She became good at making bath bombs here at our home, so she decided to make homemade bath bombs and bracelets to give back and wow - it has been a success!” Carrie said.

Both are available for up until May 6 at the Mainstream Boutique Maple Grove location.

“We felt it was obvious to join her to help her reach her goal,” Donna said, stating as a multi-generational store, Leah and Carrie have been longtime customers. “She’s an exceptional young girl. Customers were amazed someone so young cared about animals and went a step further to raise money.”

Both Carrie and Leah expressed their thankfulness of Mainstream Boutique and its customers. 

“It made me feel very grateful that they let us sell at the store and very happy that we have Donna at Mainstream as a friend,” Leah said.

“Donna has been a supporter for the last three years and we are blessed to have her in our lives, we so appreciate her opening her store to helping Leah and the animals,” Carrie said. “Mainstream Boutique is more than a place for fashion, it is a place  filled with love and is a place of community helping each other.”

For more information about donating to Leah’s fundraising page for the Animal Humane Society, click here or visit Mainstream Boutique – Maple Grove, located at 15501 Grove Circle N., to check out the bath bombs and/or bracelets. 

“I am very thankful for everyone that donated,” Leah said. 

Funds raised during the annual Walk for Animals, according to the Animal Humane Society, impacts animals by: 

-Providing food, shelter, and medical care at Animal Humane Society’s five shelters

-Educating our community on how to properly care for animals

-Rescuing animals from abusive and neglectful situations

-Supporting underserved communities with necessary resources to care for their pets

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