May 9th 2009 7:31 pm
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Our mama says we shouldn’t write this ‘cause it’s tooting your own horn. But we promised someone we would give it a try. Mama sees so many people that do so much more than she, but she does do everything she can. Her health stops her from some of the things she would totally love to do, so she sticks with what she can do. Her biggest jobs have been to promote, raise funds, and collect donations.
She promotes any activities her beloved Missouri Pit Bull Rescue (MPR) participates in through snail mail, e-mail, flyers, and a lot of word of mouth. She most often appeals to her dogster friends to help in this area. They have supported her through every contest and activity.
She raises funds by helping to formulate, and carry out, activities to bring in the much needed dollars. She asked a friend to make a “wheel of fortune” type spinning wheel to use at events. It is used to play a trivia type game that educates the public. Everyone wins, and she makes “goody” bags to give as prizes. One of the larger events has been the poker tournaments, the most recent one held last week. Mama usually visits businesses in person, but could not this year due to the upcoming heart surgery, so she launched a letter writing/ telephoning campaign to get these businesses to “sponsor” tables and donate items for the raffles held throughout the day. She shops many, many clearance shelves (especially after a holiday) to come up with literally hundreds of items used to make gift baskets for these raffles. This year the tournament had 47 raffles! A son-in-law made fall scenery she bought to decorate at “Dogtoberfest”, one of the larger functions in the area. She bought pumpkins and witches kettles and costumes (again, clearance shelves) to finish the décor, and MPR won first prize. Now you have to realize, everyone else is in on all these activities, too, not just mama. She bought a singing, dancing Santa at a garage sale to use at an event, but it has not been put to use yet. She is collecting ink cartridges to recycle, again with the help of her dogster friends. These are the activities she is best at.
The last area, collecting donated items, is just as much dad as it is mama. They scour swap-n-shop and rummage sales for kennels, blankets for the kennels, collars, dog toys, etc. They keep in touch with the Goodwill store to pick up a load every couple of months or so, of the blankets and towels that could not be sold. Since everyone knows what they do, people call for them to pick up dog houses, items for MPR’s garage sales, toys, dog food, etc. When it comes garage sale time daddy takes the enclosed trailer to the sale address to use as storage, sorting, and such. Daddy also trades his roofing skills each year to secure MPR a spot at “Strutt with your Mutt”. Dad has been good to haul numerous items around town for all the rescues. Last winter he was able to get 2 trailer loads of hay donated, that he delivered to a rescue that goes out in the worst neighborhoods every Sunday providing food, shelter, water buckets, etc. to the dogs. Even my furless sister has gotten into the spirit. She has been able to get medical supplies donated.
This has really turned out to be too long, but we want it to be stressed that there are many volunteers (MPR and others) who put much more of their lives into rescue, and mama wants to salute them! Thank you to each and every one of you that help to make an animal’s life easier!
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