BRISTOL — Cheyenne Weisberg, a 12-year-old student at Newfound Memorial Middle School, will celebrate her birthday this Saturday, but, by her own choice, won't be getting any presents.
Instead of presents for herself, she's asking that people donate to the New Hampshire Humane Society in Laconia, where she's an active junior volunteer.
This Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Tapply Community Center, Cheyenne's friends and relatives will be showing up at her birthday party and bringing along pet food and other items on the Humane Society's ''wish list.''
There will be a birthday cake and all who bring donations will be welcome to have a bite.
''The more the meower,'' says Cheyenne, who is no stranger to reaching out to help others, having had her hair cut when she was 10 years old for the Locks of Love program, which provides young cancer victims who have lost their hair during chemotherapy with human hair wigs.
''Her hair is just now really coming back in,'' says her mother, Tabitha, who says that when Cheyenne first brought up the idea of a birthday without gifts she wasn't sure that she would follow through with the plan.
"I congratulated her on the nice thought and then let it go, thinking that as her birthday got closer and the realization of "no gifts" set in that she would change her mind. I should have known better after she shaved her head at age 10 to donate her hair to locks of love,'' says Tabitha.
Cheyenne's birthday has already taken place but she decided to have the party in January so it wouldn't conflict with the hiolidays.
Tabitha said that her daughter got involved with the Humane Society through a family friend who volunteers there and is definitely her ''animal kid.''
She says that Cheyenne looks ahead to a future in which she will study animal behavior and work either as a veterinarian or as a shelter volunteer.
Cheyenne Weisberg, 12, holds a puppy at the New Hampshire Humane Society. She is asking for gifts for the animals at the shelter instead of birthday gifts for herself. (Courtesy photo)