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BOISE -- Giving comes easily for one 12-year-old girl in Meridian.

For the last four years, Megan Deines has asked for pet food donations instead of presents at her birthday parties.

Why? She just loves animals and wants to help local shelters.

I'm really into animals and I love them ever since I was little, said Megan Deines as she unloaded pounds of pet food at the Meridian Valley Humane Society.

Megan has quite at few pets herself. She has two bunnies, two dogs, and three cats.

At her last birthday party, she asked for dog and cat food.

The animals and shelters really need help, said Megan. I would get toys that I didn't need.

She's been asking for shelter donations instead of birthday gifts at her parties for four years now.

I think her friends are pretty impressed that she does this because they can't imagine themselves giving up birthday presents, said Megan's mom, Laurie Deines.

Megan has Prader Willi syndrome, a rare genetic problem that causes her to never feel full.

They always feel hungry and they would always like too much to eat, said Laurie. They have to live with very restricted diets, and constant supervision.

Instead of focusing on food, Megan focuses on animals and helping them.

She's always had this extraordinary connection with her pets, Laurie said. I think it just comes naturally to her.

Megan also donated cash to the shelter.

I just love this, the idea that a child would give up birthday gifts to take care of animals in need, said Connie Petersen at the Meridian Valley Humane Society. I think it's just amazing that she would even consider doing that.

I don't think there is any way we can get her to stop doing this, I think this will be a yearly thing, said Megan's mom.

If you have an idea for a Seven's Hero, someone who's making a difference in our community - email Maggie O'Mara and let her know about it.

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