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Woman Wins $25,000, Spends It All On Shelter Dogs

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You've got 24 hours to spend $25,000 - what do you buy? For Samantha White, a cosmetology student in Weaverville, N.C., the answer was clear: something to help pets in need.

TD Bank, as part of a promotion, gave the money to White with two stipulations - she had to spend it over the course of the day, and she had to give back to the community. The offer took her completely by surprise, according to The Citizen-Times, as White had gone to her local bank under the impression she was going to style employees' hair for a special event.

Flush with cash, White - who was chosen based on a survey she filled out - took to the town accompanied by her 7-year-old daughter and nine bank employees. They bought 30,000 pounds of pet food, and some toys and beds, and covered the adoption fees for several shelter animals.

Heather Hayes, of the nearby Asheville Humane Society, told The Citizen-Times that White filled the lobby with boxes of food. "There was so much food, we didn't even know where to store it," she said. The kibble won't go to waste, though. The Asheville Humane Society also distributes pet food to families who need assistance feeding their animals - like a Meals on Wheels for dogs, cats and other critters.

Dear financial institutions with money to burn: You could do worse than asking White for advice on how to spend it. And for those of us who haven't experienced a windfall but would still like to help, there are many ways to pitch in at animal shelters this holiday season.