Norm Lee, then 13, presented his bright creation to the staff at Tabby’s Place: a Cat Sanctuary in Ringoes, with a proposal. The eighth-grader planned to ask local grocers for permission to display bins in their stores, soliciting shoppers’ donations of cat food. Moved by Norm’s vision, the Tabby’s Place team gratefully accepted his offer.

In five years, Norm amassed a tidal wave of tinned cat food for Tabby’s Place. As of this fall, Norm, now a senior at Princeton Day School, has collected 17,574 cans of cat food, valued at $10,900, for the cage-free, no-kill cat sanctuary. Norm’s bins have brought attention to cats needed adoption while also collecting more cat food cans to feed the numerous cats still waiting for someone to give them a good home.

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