Kids from all around the Richmond area have been making a big difference at the Richmond SPCA. We have seen cases of great generosity as children who schedule their birthday parties at the Richmond SPCA request that their guests bring donations in lieu of gifts. Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops have been bringing in food and toys when they visit our facility for educational presentations and tours. It is truly inspiring to see the compassion that so many children carry in their hearts. Recently we have had several very generous donations made by kids in our community. While we appreciate every single donation that comes through our doors each day, I would like to take a moment to share with you several of our recent generous donations.
Guardian Christian Academy
Guardian Christian Academy chose the Richmond SPCA to be the recipient of their monthly collection in January. Students, parents, and friends brought bags of dry dog and cat food to the school throughout the month. On Tuesday, February 12, representatives from the school brought their collections to our building. They were given an educational presentation about the Richmond SPCA as well as the opportunity to visit with all of the dogs and cats that were available for adoption at that time. During their tour, I had the chance to tally the donations that their group had delivered. Guardian Christian Academy collected 246 pounds of dog food and 115 pound of cat food, adding up to a grand total of 361 pounds of food. All of these donations were given to the Richmond SPCA’s Pet Pantry. Thanks to the generous students at Guardian Christian Academy we were able to provide dog and cat food to families in the Richmond area that would have otherwise been unable to feed their beloved family pets.
Collegiate Freshman Service Week
Six students from Collegiate recently spent 5 days at the Richmond SPCA volunteering. In lieu of attending class, these freshmen spent their time cleaning kennels, walking dogs, distributing medications, assisting our dog trainers, and even visiting local radio and television when our pets were being featured. At the Richmond SPCA we are always in need of donations, whether those donations are money, food, toys or other items. Time is also a wonderful way to make a difference in the lives of homeless pets. Each of these six students donated 26 hours of their time to us. This was certainly an invaluable donation and a demonstration of how kids are helping throughout our community.
Similarly, Glen Allen Elementary School held a donation drive for the Richmond SPCA. They collected various types of dog and cat food, toys, blankets, treats, and other miscellaneous items that are always needed at our humane center. A staff member of the school (as well as the proud mother of one of Student Council Association’s members) contacted me and asked if I would be able to bring in a dog or cat to visit with the children who donated. I agreed and on February 26 I took my dog, Lily, to visit the school. A total of 201 students brought in donations for the Richmond SPCA. Each donor had the opportunity to hear a little about the Richmond SPCA and ask questions all while meeting Lily and giving her lots of love. Not only did these 201 elementary school students donate items for our organization, but they also gave up a portion of their lunch time and recess to come and meet me, Lily, and learn about the Richmond SPCA. This was a group of truly amazing kids. I have the chance to meet generous and thoughtful kids every single day, but the students at Glen Allen Elementary School overwhelmed me with their compassion and concern for animals. They donated approximately 800 pounds of dog and cat food in addition to boxes of toys and other items.
I want to reiterate the fact that all of these donations are not only being used to care for the animals currently residing at the Richmond SPCA as they await adoption, but all of the food is being given to families and individuals in our community via our Pet Pantry so that they can continue to keep their own cats and dogs during times of financial hardship. When you give to the Richmond SPCA, you truly are giving back to entire community. Do you have the same heart for animals as these wonderful children? Visit www.richmondspca.org/donate to make a secure online donation. Our thanks and appreciation goes out to every single child that has so generously given to the Richmond SPCA over the years. Since October 2012, children have donated nearly 2,000 pounds of food to the Richmond SPCA.
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