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BCHS Student To Donate Farm Animal To Foster Home

Mackenzie and "Husdon"

Agriculture students around Merced Union High School District (MUHSD) look forward to the Merced County Fair to showcase the livestock that they have been tending to all year in hopes of securing a buyer. But when the annual June event was cancelled due to uncertainty surrounding the ongoing pandemic, students had to either sell their animals themselves or participate in an online auction. Mackenzie Paschall took a more charitable route.

The Buhach Colony High junior is donating her class project, a hog named “Hudson”, to Rainbow Valley Foster Care. The non-profit provides care and services for children that have experienced physical, sexual and mental abuse. After speaking to the organization's Executive Director, Mackenzie knew she made the right decision.

“The best part of donating my hog is knowing that my small act of kindness is going to help Rainbow Valley Foster Care in many ways,” said Mackenzie. “It feels good to be able to help others who weren't given a chance to have a normal life, especially during this unpredictable time.”

Hudson still has some growing to do to make butcher weight, and to help reach that goal Mackenzie has started up a fundraiser to help cover feeding and butchering costs. Any amount raised beyond that will go toward the foster home as well.

Anyone interested in supporting Mackenzie can reach her via email at or text 209-635-8373.

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