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Mark Lavin, a 17 year old Eagle Scout, came to the shelter a few weeks ago and said that he wanted to set up a donation drive for his Eagle project. He asked for a list of the supplies the shelter needed most and then got to work. What happened next was truly amazing!
Mark hit the ground running getting permission from the store where he wanted to collect wish list items, filling out paperwork, and even appearing on Star 100.9 FM to let the community know what he was doing and where he would be. He printed out fliers that had the list of supplies on them and then handed them out to shoppers entering the store asking them if they would consider picking up a couple of items while they shopped. Mark said that the community was truly stepping up and that he was overwhelmed with how many donations he was receiving. Donations included dog and cat food, pet treats, cleaning supplies, bleach and detergent, and many other items that the shelter always needs.
After being at the Walmart in the foothills for a couple of weekends, Mark returned with his donation and we could not have been more surprised! Mark's dad had to rent the biggest U-Haul truck they could find and it took their group over 2 hours to load all the donations into the truck. Cutter Chamberlain, Marketing Manager at the Humane Society of Yuma said, "This is the largest ever single donation of its kind the Humane Society of Yuma has ever seen." The entire staff at the shelter was astonished about the 3 and a half tons that Mark had gathered.
We love to see our community come together and show support for our mission, and it is especially meaningful when it comes from our youngest animal lovers. All of us at the Humane Society of Yuma want to thank Mark for his hard work and everyone who has donated to the shelter!