This month’s Helping Hands project was such an easy sell, three youth groups are volunteering to help.
Farmington Pet Adoption Center is the selected charity for April, and the youth groups are the Farmington FBLA, the Lightening Girl’s Softball team and Crossroads 1st Church of God Youth Group.
The Crossroads group is having a second go-round this time. Last month they helped raise funds for Shared Blessings, splitting a total of about $2000 with the agency and taking them several boxes of toiletries and other items the shelter can use.
“When we told them this month it was going to be pets, they got a little excited,” said Alfreda Tucker, who is one of the adults helping the group with fundraising activities. “This is just a great group of kids. They don’t mind working hard for a good cause.”
The idea behind the Helping Hands fundraiser is to combine the talents and enthusiasm of youth groups to help raise funds for a worthy cause in the community. The youth groups split the proceeds with the charity group. Lori Littrell, one of the group’s organizers, said they were looking for a way to not only help organizations with fundraising during economically hard times, but also to teach the youths about the importance of giving back.
Representatives of the FBLA club and the softball team could not be reached in time for comment about their group’s fundraising needs, but Lori Littrell said the groups do have several activities planned.
On April 21, Saturday, the Pet Adoption Agency will host a rummage sale at the gas station near Walmart in Farmington from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be dog painting and dog toe-nail painting available for a small donation.
Then on April 25, Buffalo Wild Wings in Farmington will support the center by offering 10 percent of all sales to the effort. Customers must mention they are there to support the Pet Adoption Center.
They will have free deliveries that day for those who are unable to go out for lunch. The order should be faxed to 573-756-2031 no later than 3 p.m. Monday to take advantage of this opportunity. Paw print bracelets will be for sale that day as well, and donations will be accepted.
Throughout the month, Spokes Pub and Grill and Stix and Steins, both in Farmington, will have dog bones on display. Customers may put their name on a dog bone by donating $1 or more to the center.
Donation boxes are also available in Dairy Queen, the Branding Iron, El Tapatio and Long John Silvers, all in Farmington throughout the month of April.
Renee can be reached at 573-431-2010 ext 117 or firstname.lastname@example.org