MORIAH — The leaders and parents of a Moriah Girl Scout troop are leading the charge to help North Country SPCA pay for a sign for its new facility in Elizabethtown.
Troop Leader Kellie Valentine of Moriah said they’ve started fundraising to collect $1,000 needed for the purpose.
On a recent visit to the shelter by Moriah Girl Scout Troop 3163, she said, they learned the SPCA needed help to pay for the sign, to be installed later this summer.
“We were there to clean cages, help them with chores,” she said.
“The girls go there regularly, and it’s part of what they do to earn their animal habitat patch.”
Valentine said they talked with the shelter staff and learned that money was needed for a sign.
“We decided we’d start fundraising, so the parents of the girls decided to sell books of tickets for drawings. We had the tickets printed up.”
‘REALLY WORTHY CAUSE’
The effort is similar to the 50-50 drawings many charitable groups hold, she said, except North Country SPCA will be the beneficiary.
People who want to help can buy tickets from Valentine, who’s also the manager of the Port Henry Stewart’s Shop.
Also selling tickets are Assistant Leaders Michelle Arthur and Stacey Hayes.
Valentine said Girl Scouts are not allowed to raise money for outside groups, so that’s why the scouts’ parents are running the fundraiser.
“I know people have so much going on in the world, but maybe they can help us with this,” she said.
“The animal shelter is a really worthy cause. They do so much good.”
Shelter Director Pam Rock said they have a sign fund that will benefit from the fundraiser.
“We think it’s fine. It’s a good thing. We appreciate what they’re doing.”
North Country SPCA, previously located in Westport, recently built and moved into the new shelter on Route 9N in Elizabethtown following years of fundraising.
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