Community helps obtain donations for animals in need

Community helps obtain donations for animals in need

Hagerstown, MD: The Humane Society of Washington County received a large and varied donation for the Home 4 the Holidays adoption promotion campaign from the Washington County School system and local businesses this holiday season.
Students at Barbara Ingram School for the Arts, Western Heights Middle School's Tri M organization, Cascade Elementary School, Clear Spring Elementary School, Smithsburg High School and the WC Board of Education collected items and monetary donations. At Western Heights Middle School student Kayla headed the Tri M organization's "Santa Paws" efforts to collect items for the 4th year with assistance from advisor Mrs. Heather McEndree. At the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts Ms. Shandra Eyler collected items with help from student Esther and Principal Michael Thorsen. At Cascade Elementary Ms. Vicky Stouffer headed the collection as did Ms. Kris Stotler at Clear Spring Elementary School. Students Danielle and Dylan took the lead at Smithsburg High School and Ms. Meghan Waters once again spearheaded the Board of Education's main offices efforts to collect a large array and amount of items for the animals. Second grade students in Mrs. Brooks', Mrs. Orth's and Mrs. Durham's classes at Fountaindale Elementary School researched community issues, designed and implemented their own solutions and developed the Giving Tree that resulted in a large donation for the shelter.
Local businesses were also involved in helping the HSWC this holiday season. Central Dawgma and the Dawg Wash, located on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Waffle House #1274 on Crayton Blvd, Hearty Pet at the Premium Outlets and Meritus Hospital's Patient Services department all participated in obtaining donations for the shelter this holiday.
"These donations mean so much to the animals and staff," said HSWC Executive Director Paul Miller. "Community awareness is often the key to success for a nonprofit organization. The involvement of a large cross section of Washington County residents in our Home 4 the Holidays campaign has shown to be the essential element in our animals finding permanent loving homes this holiday season."
Throughout December and into January the items collected are being placed into stockings for the animals that have been adopted. Each animal will go home with their own stocking and filled with goodies.
The Humane Society of Washington County wants to thank everyone that helped with the Home 4 the Holidays adoption promotion. We anticipate a record number of animals finding permanent loving homes this holiday.