Photos courtesy of Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services
(Lawrenceville, Ga., Dec. 22, 2020) — Christmas came early for Gwinnett Fire and Emergency Services thanks to the efforts of 11-year-old Junior Girl Scout Sophia Tiborczszeghi, who donated pet oxygen mask kits to five fire stations.
Sophia, a fifth grade-student at Sugar Hill Elementary, raised $425 to purchase and donate pet oxygen mask kits to fire stations in the Sugar Hill, Buford and Suwanee areas.
“I hope my efforts will highlight the importance of having the appropriate equipment to save our beloved pets in case of a fire,” Sophia said.
Sophia, along with her family, visited Fire Station 24 across from the Mall of Georgia to present the mask kits to firefighters earlier this month. The kits were purchased from Wag’N O2 Fur Life, an organization which aims to place kits in every Fire and Emergency Services department in the United States. Each kit features three mask sizes with tubing to provide supplemental oxygen during respiratory compromise.
In order to raise enough money to purchase the kits, Sophia sold homemade “Get Well” cards for people and pets, provided babysitting service and sold toys.
In addition to raising money for the mask kits, Sophia volunteered at the Suwanee Animal Hospital, where she completed 32-hours of community service under the guidance of Dr. Joe Fitzgerald.
Sophia’s mom, AnaMaria Tiborczszeghi, worked in the background to coordinate with Suwanee Animal Hospital and Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services to see her daughter’s community service project to completion.
According to Assistant Chief Clent Hughes, the mask kits presented by Sophia will be placed on the fire trucks and readied for deployment when needed.
“It’s clear that Sophia has a tremendous love for animals and genuine desire to help the community,” Hughes said. “We are proud of Sophia and all the work that went in to completing her project.”