BY JEFF FALK
At age 14, Amber Britto is relatively young to have already benefited from residing in the local community. But already she is giving back.
Britto, a resident of Myerstown, a freshman at Elco High School and an aspiring race-car driver, and her race team are the driving forces behind a new charitable organization called ‘Racers to the Rescue.’ In conjunction with the Lebanon Humane Society, Racers to the Rescue seeks to aid orphaned animals at the shelter in Myerstown.
Through her connections in the local racing world, Britto helped pair up young drivers and mostly dogs and cats for photo shoots. The resulting photos, which depicted racers in their competitive garb and the animals, have been used to locate possible homes, and at this point, about seven dogs and cats have been adopted as a direct result of the program.
Britto and her race team have also set up drop-off donation centers for pet supplies at local tracks, and has pledged to transport those donated items to the Lebanon Humane Society.