Dexter Teen Supporting K9s For Her Birthday

Dexter Teen Supporting K9s For Her Birthday

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Geona Wood celebrated her 13th birthday Sunday and she invited some special guests.

The Watertown K9 Unit.

Geona didn't ask for presents. Instead, she's wanted donations to go toward North country K9s.

"I don't want to worry so much about myself when there's K9s out there that need it more than I do," Geona said.

The idea all started last year when Geona realized the importance for K9 units to have the right equipment - like bulletproof vests.

Geona said her admiration for K9s sparked after getting to know a family friend - a former K9 officer.

"A person of her age to want to step forward and give to an organization like this is great," said Steve Wood.

The donations collected will get split evenly between the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, state and city police.

Last year, Geona raised over $1,000 - which helped purchase a bulletproof vest.

This year, Geona raised $1,350. That will help cover the costs of equipment, training fees and veterinary bills.

"Her passion is wanting to help people. She will give up just about anything that she loves to help somebody else," said Geona's mother Darcy Wood.

And as for the outpouring of support from family and friends, Geona said...

"It means a lot because they're there with me and helping me through."

The family said any donations collected after this party will roll over to next year.

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