Photo left, pictured l to r: Tauna Quimby, director of philanthropy, Tri-County Humane Society; Bailey Ostendorf; Vickie Davis, executive director, Tri-County Humane Society; Maddie Weber; and Izzy Cairns presenting a check for $4,134, proceeds from Sauk Rapids-Rice High School DECA’s October garage sale
by Isabelle Cairns
Sauk Rapids-Rice High School DECA member
Meet Patches (pictured right). When Patches was brought to the Tri-County Humane Society (TCHS) earlier this fall, she had a respiratory infection and was pregnant. The TCHS treated her infection and placed her into a foster home where she could heal and have her kittens, and that foster home is my home. Patches delivered three healthy, adorable kittens who will live at my house until they are eight weeks old and are able to be adopted. We will then return the family to the Humane Society, where they will be spayed or neutered, microchipped, and will find PURR-manent, FUR-ever homes.
Placing animals in foster homes is just one of the services the TCHS provides. They take in over 3,000 animals each year, an amount that stretches the capacity of their current building. They need a larger space and must raise $3,500,000 to build a facility that adequately houses the increasing number of pets they serve.
This year, the Sauk Rapids-Rice High School DECA organization has partnered with the TCHS to raise money for the new facility as part of their community service project. The group’s goal is to collect $8,750—an amount representing a quarter percentage of the TCHS’ building costs. In order to meet this goal, SRRHS DECA students hosted a two-day garage sale over MEA break. Garage sale items were donated by community members, SRRHS staff, students and DECA members.
“Garage sales are a lot of work, and finding a place for all the leftovers was quite a chore,” said Bailey Ostendorf, a DECA member working on the project.
The group’s hard work paid off and the sale was a success. Sales totaled $4,134 and, combined with sales from a previous garage sale, DECA earned a total of $6,700 for the TCHS. Because the group donated over $5,000, they earned naming rights to a room in the new building.
“Our family was a big contributor to our success,” said Maddie Weber, another DECA member working on the project.
SRRHS DECA expresses appreciation for all of the garage sale donations and for the people who attended the sale. The fundraising event would not have been such a success without everyone’s contributions.
In spite of the garage sale’s great success, SRRHS DECA is a bit short of their $8,750 goal. They ask for help in meeting that dollar amount and encourage the public to make secure online donations at www.HappinessHappensHere.org. Contributors are able to show that the group prompted a donation by indicating that in the space marked, “Is there something special we should know about your contribution?” TCHS will continue to track donations made on behalf of SRRHS DECA.