Luna's story is one that should make everyone's heart sing. While she was found tied to a tree, weighing about 50lbs, this girl has now made a full recovery. Check out her picture transformation below - she went from frail and mistreated to healthy and obviously very happy. We are blessed to have found her a forever home that already had a Great Dane.
Today we had about 15 volunteers helping to unpack, sort, pack, and repack boxes of Christmas gifts and dental hygiene supplies like dental floss, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, deodorant, etc. Every child we worked to provide holiday gifts for this year received a bag of hygiene supplies in addition to their gifts. We also donated approximately 2,000 pieces of dental supplies to a southern Ohio school district for the nurse to handout when they saw fit!
Dental/Hygiene Supplies FMV: $2,180
With the help of an Ironton native and Kentucky school Principal, Tom Collins, Grandma's Gifts was able to provide 21 turkeys to Ironton City Schools for their holiday food basket program! Tom organized the purchasing, hauling, and delivery of goods. We don't know where we'd be without him! We are also grateful to the Save-A-Lot manager for hooking us up with a great sale price!
Donation Value: $371.92
Just as the famous philanthropist and cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead said,
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful,
committed citizen can change the world;
indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
At Grandma's Gifts we know this to be true... and we have proof:
A group of volunteers, headed up by do-gooders Bonnie Valentino, Kathy Slaus, Orpha Robinson, Eva Hager, Vikvi Ramsey, and Linda Gillespie, contacted their friends and asked for gently used items, new items, and canned food. While they knew they'd collect a ton - we don't think they quite expected what they got! Thousands of pounds of gently used clothing, coats, and shoes; canned food for people and dogs; gorgeous handmade glass dollies; hygiene supplies; and the list goes on and on... and on. Then they decided they wanted to help Grandma's Gifts. We were moved and overwhelmed by their generosity! Just check out the photos below of what they collected and how much fun they had sorting and packing everything! Zachary Douglas attended the event to help out and lend a bit of strength.
While this blog post, hugs, tears, and thank you's are not enough, we would like to thank the following people who made a donation to this holiday gift collection effort:
We love to know their are people in the world with hearts of gold like these lovely people. We are so very thankful. These goods were then donated to the Harvest for the Hungry Food Pantry (they have a clothing bank) and a church in Adams County Ohio. Pictures of the delivery of these goods can be seen in the 'Day 3: Delivery' post!
Donation FMV: $11,000
Today we delivered a VERY large donation of canned food, fresh apples, and frozen turkeys to the Harvest for the Hungry Food Pantry in Ironton, Ohio. We donated more than 1000 canned foods, 700lbs of fresh apples, and more than 40 frozen turkeys! Check out the photos and captions below for a play-by-play of the day!
Canned Food Donation: $1,000
Frozen Turkeys: $499.85
Apples from Lynds: $550
On November 1, 2013, Grandma's Gifts was able to take a southern Ohio school's second graders to the Newport Aquarium in Cincinnati, Ohio. This was all due to our great donors. Check out this picture of the kids in the large aquarium. The divers were feeding the fish!
This is one of the puppies we rescued in December. This little guy was covered in ticks... had been eaten by fleas... had an ear infection... skin rash... kennel cough... and a few types of worms. How horrible and only 3 months old. Three vet visits and about $400 later he was happy and healthy enough for a real home -- with Grandma's Gifts founder, Emily Douglas and her fiance (and fellow volunteer) George McNab!
Every year Grandma's Gifts donates scholarships to the Ohio University Southern Campus Academy of Excellence - a two week summer camp for talent and gifted children. Our $600 donation will go towards whole or partial scholarships for children in need!
This work would not be possible without our donors! This makes the 20th year Grandma's Gifts (or The Douglas/Ackison Family) has made a donations to the Academy!
Ms. Molly is doing very well after getting over her kennel cough. As you can see, she is QUITE spoiled. She now lives in Bexley, Ohio!
Today we donated another 10 dog beds to the Lawrence County Dog Pound worth $434.70!
Satin is doing extremely well after recovering from parvo! Here she is hiking with her new dad in Southern Ohio! Check out that wintery view of the Ohio river. She also managed to find this giant paw print... from a bobcat!
Satin was the Grandma's Gifts Wag'N Wheels project first rescue!
The Grandma's Gifts Wag'N Wheels program along with the help of donors and volunteers, helped to rescue these 11 wet-nosed friends and find them new homes during the month of December!
Vet Bills: $342.04
Transport/Pull Fees: $425.80
George McNab and Emily Douglas delivered Christmas gifts today to Willow Wood, Ohio in Lawrence County for 29 children ages 14 months through 20. Many children will receive brightly wrapped gifts for the holidays due to many wonderful donors generosity. All children were provided with jeans, shoes, socks, shirts, sweatshirts, coats, gloves, hats, underwear, toys, books, and hygiene items.
Worthington's McCord Middle School students successfully collected more than 3300 pieces - tooth brushes, tooth paste, dental floss, and mouthwash. These goods will go to Appalachian schools and health departments!
We are grateful for the students hard work, caring, and time! Out work would not be possible if we were not supported by the teachers, administrators, and most importantly the students at McCord Middle School in Worthington, Ohio.
Yesterday, Grandma's Gifts took a school's second graders to the Newport Aquarium. For many of them this was their first trip to a Zoo or Aquarium or outside of their county in southern Ohio.
My new name is Satin and I am officially Grandma's Gifts, Wag'N Wheels first rescue and placement! In this picture I am 6 months old. I was taken in as a stray by a woman who loved me dearly but was not able to let me stay. I was not taken to the shelter for my protection but Wag'N Wheels helped me find a home!
After a long stay at the vet due to parvo, I returned to good health, got fixed, and went to live with my new loving dad in Ironton, Ohio!
Vet Bills: $586.20
In response to an article published in The Columbus Dispatch regarding the euthanasia rates across Ohio's county-run animal shelters, we have decided to work to assist animals and shelters in Appalachia. Tragically, the euthanasia rates in some Appalachian counties was dramatically higher than other counties across the state. Due to this report, volunteers at Grandma's Gifts decided to make a difference by assisting these animal shelters.
Through the Wag'N Wheels project, volunteers and donors will provide animal transport services, veterinarian assistance, pull fees, and supplies such as blankets, raised dog beds, dewormer, bleach and other cleaning products to Appalachian animal shelters, rescues, and pounds.
If you are interested in getting involved by making a donation, offering your time and vehicle to transport an animal, or are interested in adopting a furry friend, please visit our new website: appalachianrescue.org
George McNab, Zach Douglas, Teresa Daulong and Emily Douglas-McNab.