Turning a birthday into a blessing

Hemet woman diverts her many birthday gifts toward a higher cause—helping animals Photo courtesy of Ramona Humane SocietyVirginia “Ginny” Johnson stands next to a trunk filled with gifts for the Ramona Humane Society. Johnson celebrated her 50th birthday Feb. 3 and requested donations for the nonprofit shelter in lieu of birthday gifts. ■ By Olivia Gildea / Reporter Virginia Johnson was preparing to celebrate her 50th birthday when she found herself faced with a simple question: “What gift do I want?” In today’s world of bargain sales and online shopping, the possibilities are virtually endless, albeit a little superficial. That’s when it occurred to her–what about the animals? Immediately, Johnson got

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