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Rotary members prepare for Make A Difference Day

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : September 25, 2013

Monitor Photo/Ronald Wheeler Mabank Good Samaritans president Bill Burnett said many of the MAGS families, especially the single and the elderly, are only able to keep their pets because of the pet food they receive from the food pantry, thanks to generous donations.

Monitor Photo/Ronald Wheeler
Mabank Good Samaritans president Bill Burnett said many of the MAGS families, especially the single and the elderly, are only able to keep their pets because of the pet food they receive from the food pantry, thanks to generous donations.

By Robyn Wheeler
Monitor Staff Writer

KEMP–Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake members gathered at the Cedar Creek Country Club Sept. 20 to prepare for Make A Difference Day.
Several area organizations attended the luncheon to speak about what they need and how the community can help them.
“Make A Difference Day, Saturday, Oct. 26, is a national day of community service. It is about neighbors helping neighbors,” Rotary member and Tri-County Ford owner Andrea Pickens said.
“One person can make a difference by doing small things like sending a card to someone who is ill, take a meal to a shut-in or participate in an ongoing project,” Pickens said.
Activities available for anyone to participate in on Make A Difference Day include food drives by local pantries, highway clean-up, toy drive, food for pets, tool closet, trash off and more.
“We accept pet food as well,” Mabank Good Samaritans president Bill Burnett said. “Many of our families say the pet food they receive is the only way they can keep their pets, especially the single and the elderly,” he added.
Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake volunteers Leslie Casey and Cynthia Walter spoke to Rotarians about the shelter’s recent financial difficulties.
“We are working on long-term plans. We have 150 dogs at the shelter and 80 dogs in foster care right now,” Casey said.
Items on the shelter’s wish list include bleach, laundry soap, paper towels, dish soap, cat litter and pet food, heavy duty 40-gallon trash bags, fiber brooms, mops, blankets and towels. The shelter is also looking for a washer and dryer, riding lawn mower, office computer and monitor and a utility van for animal transport.
To help support the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake, go to www.hsccl.org.
Environmental Co-op representative Neli Spurrell asked for volunteers for the organization’s 15th annual Cedar Creek Lake Cleanup team from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28.
“The more people I have, the more road I can clean up,” Spurrell said.
To volunteer, call (972) 524-0007 or e-mail eco@trashbusters.org.

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