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Temple Terrace 9-year-old uses stray golf balls to raise money for shelter animals

Posted at 9:04 AM, Nov 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-09 09:04:28-05

TEMPLE TERRACE, Fla. — A 9-year-old in Temple Terrace raised hundreds of dollars for local shelter animals after he got an idea after always finding random golf balls in his backyard.

Alec Giles lives near the Temple Terrace Golf Course and started to collect the golf balls he always found in his yard. Then, he had a fantastic idea.

He set up a table on the course and sold those golf balls right back to golfers. He decided to donate all the money raised to the Tampa Humane Society.

At $0.50 to $1 each, along with donations from neighbors, Giles hit pay dirt! He raised a whopping $300.

Giles' stepdad, Justin Buckley, was surprised at how well it went.

"I thought we'd raise $20 or $30, and it would be kind of fun," Buckley said. "I told Alec that I would match whatever donations he got, and it ended up being pretty expensive to match because the community was so generous. We had people bringing golf balls to our house to contribute for next time. So we're going to do it again in the coming weeks and maybe choose a new cause."

Giles already started collecting again. We can't wait to see how much he raises this time.