Christina Taylor Green was just 9 years old when she was killed in last week's tragic shooting in Tucson, Arizona. To honor this compassionate little girl who loved animals and wanted to be a veterinarian, PETA is placing a leaf with her name engraved on it on the Tree of Life memorial sculpture at our Norfolk, Virginia, headquarters.
Christina always dreamed about ways to make the world a better place. Born on September 11, 2001, she would tell people that she was born on a holiday, because she always chose to view it as a day of hope. The bright, bubbly third grader took her civic responsibilities seriously. "She was all about helping people, and being involved," says her mother. Aware that others in the world were struggling, Christina often told her mother, "We are so blessed. We have the best life."
PETA was so inspired by this young girl that we are also making a donation to the Christina Taylor Green Memorial Fund, which will be used to help children in the Tucson area. Christina's life ended tragically, but she leaves behind a legacy of hope and inspiration that will help change the world for the better.
Written by Michelle Sherrow