SHARE THE LOVE
We then start colecting new and gently used items...toys, books, crayons, clothes, bedding ( blankets and sleeping bags), toiletry items and anything else that a low income or homeless family (person) may need.
The week before Christmas, after careful screening, we set up a time and place for distribution and the fun begins.
Last year we had two ( 2 ) distribution locations and two ( 2 ) large Penske trucks ..... This year we are planning on three ( 3 ) distribution locations and four ( 4 ) Penske trucks.
How Share The Love got started
President / Founder Rene’ Lamp
My favorite part of Christmas has always been giving presents so it was only natural to have a Christmas distribution the first year we started the pet pantry. We only had 10 clients and only enough donations to fit in a small car but the families were so happy to get some things they could give their family members for Christmas. Each year after that we got bigger and so did our Christmas giveaways! We started getting furniture, clothes, toys, medical equipment, cat and dog toys and more!
In October of 2013, for the first time since we started, our cupboards went bare. I had to cancel a 60 family distribution because we had no pet food. It was the hardest thing I ever had to do. With a broken heart I put the post on Facebook to let those connected to us know what was going on.
Within hours after the post went up people from all over the United States stepped up to help. We started getting pet food in the mail, rescues and shelters started calling to give us pet food, people all over started doing pet food drives, people in other states sent donations and words of encouragement.
By the next distribution we had enough pet food to not only get the families we had to cancel in for pet food but we had enough to get us into the New Year.
I was so touched that so many people reached out in our darkest time that I wanted to do something to not only say thank you to them but I wanted as many people as possible to feel the love that had been showered on us. We quickly came up with a plan to accomplish both. To share the love with as many as we could we got many, many, many small candy canes and attached a card that simply said “People Care Pet Pantry just shared the love with you, Merry Christmas” We randomly handed them out to people we thought could use a lift. To say thank you to those that reached out to us we had different share the love weekends. During our Share The Love Weekends we share our love and donations with whatever group we have picked for that weekend.
What I love most about the Christmas season is the giving and the joy that comes with that. The hardest Christmases in my life were when I had nothing to give which is why every Christmas season we collect not only items the families can use but also items the family members can give as presents to their loved ones whether it is for their parents, kids, spouse or pet. No matter how needy a person who comes to the Christmas distribution is nine times out of ten all they want is something they can give as a present.
We can use your help!!!
If you would like to volunteer please call 330-389-5116.
...... help distributing food on Sundays between 2 and 4.
........ drivers to take food to those who cannot get to us.
........ drivers to pick up food donations.
........ people to cover events
........ people to do researching on-line (grant opportunities,
donation opportunities, resources for clients)
....... people to handle the lost and found pets that get reported to us.
(This will also require on-line research and time)
I go to my bowl once again
to see if it is empty or if they put something in
I don't know what happened and I don't know why
But all of a sudden it is dry
They keep looking at me with those sad eyes
telling me the time is coming they might have to say goodbye
I have been a good dog and I know they love me
I will eat scraps forever if I can stay with my familiy
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"Iam so grateful to have found you and for all your help. As a single mom on a limited income times are very rough. The thought of not being able to keep my pets because of lack ..."Angela RobertsCustomer
"What a FANTASTIC program! helping owners keep their pets so that we dont end up with another problem of animals w/NO homes! You are helping to save lives along with giving the o..."Kristin FinleyPresident of Wallaces Run in Copley