We wanted to thank everyone for donating backpacks, supplies and cash to Packs With Love (Aug. 17). It was such a blast to start this project this summer. It took us over 10 hours to fill all the packs and our grandmother and our mom helped us organize it all. We washed out 240 backpacks, filled them with brand new supplies and delivered them to the Richmond school district. The head lady cried when she saw how full our car was and that each pack had brand new stuff in it. They will be sitting on the desk of 240 homeless kids on their first day of school with a big bow on top of each. We hope they feel really, really, really special.
Lots of people still ask if they can still give us backpacks or supplies. Yes! We have started a large bin in our garage to store it all. So if you still have used backpacks you can put them in the basket on our porch (651 Dunhill Drive in Danville 94506). If you want to donate supplies, you don't have to wait until next summer. You can donate a gift card to Office Depot (www.officedepot.com) or Office Max (www.officemax.com) that we can use next summer. That way we can find supplies on sale throughout the year. Besides the 200-plus backpacks we'd like to collect and donate next year, we'd also like to include a sweatshirt or jacket for each child in their backpack. Our e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Madison, 10, and Mackinsey, 7, Mascali, Danville
Becoming 'just like new'
The volunteers at Valley Humane Society want to thank the community for the support of our garage and garden sale on Aug. 25 to raise money for the Just Like New Fund, which helps pay for medical expenses of sick or injured animals in the Tri Valley. Thanks to those who donated items to sell, the media for sending the message out, and the hundreds of folks who came to make purchases knowing that they are helping sick or injured animals become "just like new." With the purchases and donations we will add close to $10,000 to the Just Like New Fund.
With the negative press recently about animal abuse, it is reassuring that there are hundreds of people in our community who love animals and care passionately about their well being.
Volunteer, Valley Humane Society/Just Like New Fund