While many Christians will make a pledge today to give up an indulgence — chocolate, alcohol, meat, entertainment — for Lent leading up to Easter, 12-year-old Ethan Carroll is giving up his time instead to collect necessities for Louisiana’s largest not-for-profit no-kill animal shelter.
It’s the fourth year for Ethan Carroll’s Lent Project. He’ll collect pet food, blankets, pet toys, cleaning supplies and more to deliver to the St. Tammany Humane Society after Easter. Ethan and his father, Tim Carroll, will pick up donations in the Greater New Orleans area (call 504-655-1381 or email firstname.lastname@example.org). Since beginning the project, Ethan, a seventh grader at St. Andrew the Apostle School and a musical theater student at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, has found support among individuals, businesses and schools.
So how does a young boy decide on such an undertaking?
His mother Laura Carroll, operations and events director at Gambit, says her son didn’t have any vices or indulgences, since he wasn’t particularly fond of chocolate or soft drinks, so giving up something he didn’t care about for Lent would have been meaningless. He wanted to do something that would make a difference. Because he had to give up his dog, Sapphire, to a shelter, Ethan wanted to make sure the humane society had what it needed to care for his dog and the other animals there.