The first annual “Dollar a Door” community fundraising event was an incredible success, raising over $20,000 for the Humane Society’s Outdoor Dog Run and Kennel Campaign, says executive director Dylan Powell.
The Letter Carriers of Sarnia-Lambton volunteered to walk their routes last Saturday to retrieve the blue donation envelopes from each home in Sarnia and Bright's Grove. Lambton County residents donated through their local post office.
“The response was outstanding and broad based," said Powell. "The whole event was very moving for us on many fronts. It took almost 100 people to organize the event, and it took thousands of people in the community to make it a success. If I could thank each and every one of these people in person I would.”
The key to the whole effort was the letter carriers, said Powell.
“They came to the Humane Society looking for a way to contribute in memory of Barry “Bear” Fajcz, the union president who had passed away suddenly, and they have been leading the charge ever since. I had the opportunity to walk a route so I now know from experience what they do every day- I am still sore three days later! The letter carriers are my new heroes!”
Powell said volunteer Catherine Chaykoski stepped forward to lead the effort. "This whole event, from conception to execution, would not have happened without her vision, determination and plain hard work. It was a full time job for her for close to three months. It is rare in life to meet someone with her combination of skills and character and we are all better off for it- I know the dogs will be.”
Powell said he was moved by the way the community responded
“I met pensioners on fixed income who insisted on giving me loonies. I came across people who were out of work that still had the envelope ready and were waiting on the porch for us to come. I met many people from very different walks of life who had at least one thing in common—their love of animals and their willingness to support The Humane Society. It goes to show that you can not judge a book by its cover and that under all our surface differences we have more in common than we think.”
There is still a need and an opportunity for residents or businesses to donate to the campaign. They can come by the shelter at 131 Exmouth St or donate online through the website at www.sarniahumanesociety.com.
The target is to begin stage one of the outer fences before wintertime.