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Jo Ann Rokosky, editor of Country Critter Journal, contacted the local event coordinator about providing help for pets a first for a COH outreach. She is seeking donations to provide dog and cat food; supplies such as leashes, collars and treats; certificates for spay/neutering, grooming and training services; and she will be bringing in pet consultants.
“Many times, low income families receive food, clothing, etc., but nothing for their pets,” Rokosky said. “That is where we will come in and help with their family pet needs. God loves all his creations, including his animals.”
The clothing will be donated from Betty’s Boutique, part of The Well ministry at Willoughby Hills Friends Church. Items for men, women and children of all sizes will be made available to outreach guests, said Eleese Gosselin, a Boutique volunteer and The Well’s women’s shelter coordinator.
Gosselin learned of the COH opportunity through Judy Burr of Project Hope, who also is participating in the event.
“We were trying to find another outreach for ourselves. . We’re kind of excited,” Gosselin said.
COH provides food and pure drinking water to people in need across the United States and around the world. Each year, in the United States alone, the organization holds up to 50 community events.
COH visitors are treated as honored guests and are shown love and respect regardless of age, race, physical appearance or spiritual condition,
according to the COH website. Although the cause targets low income residents, no one will be turned away, Event Coordinator Carrie Garland said.
Up to 1,000 volunteers are needed to put on the event, with opportunities ranging from welcoming guests to bagging groceries, to helping out with food preparation or in the kids play zone.
COH provides funding for “fixed expenses” such as about 5,000 bags of groceries, national director and outreach team travel, literature, training, supplies, transportation, warehousing, logistics and administration. The variable expenses are the responsibility of the host community and involve things like printing for promotion, various equipment, inflatables, carnival games, trash bins, a forklift, generators, portable restrooms, stages, chairs, tables and tents.