The Ottumwa Courier

November 10, 2012

Heartland blessed by community donations


OTTUMWA — We in Ottumwa are so blessed to have businesses and individuals who care enough to give of their time, talent and energies to those in the community who need it most. Heartland Humane Society has been a recent beneficiary of a wonderful “grab bag” donation event promoted by both Hy-Vee North and Hy-Vee South.

During the event, shoppers at both stores were able to purchase a $5 or $10 grab bag of goodies (food, toys, supplies) for the animals at Heartland shelter. The bags were then left at the store and transported to Heartland for distribution and use. By the end of the sale, we had received approximately 450 of these treasures, additional supplies of much-needed pet food and cat litter and over $900 in cash donations. We are overwhelmed with gratitude for this tremendous outpouring of love and concern for our shelter and our needy residents.

Most folks know that our organization operates primarily on adoption fees, fundraisers, an occasional grant and private donations. We have no regular funding, and maintaining our budgetary obligations is always a challenge. Gifts such as these help us fill in the gaps when supply and funding shortages occur, as they regularly do. Such demonstrations of care and concern give a healthy boost in morale to all associated with the shelter, as well.

Many, many thanks to Max Dains and Ina Cavin, store directors of Hy-Vee South and Hy-Vee North, respectively; Jeff Stuchel, assistant store director, Hy-Vee North; Danielle Huffman, general merchandise manager, Hy-Vee South; and to all of you wonderful, caring, generous people that took the time to purchase a grab bag or drop a donation into the jar for our dear animals. You have warmed our hearts, brightened the days of many a dog or cat and made the coming winter season a bit easier to face.

Meg Hutchison

Heartland Humane Society