This years Share The Love was our biggest yet!! Thanks to so many people we were able to give gently used items to around 1,000 families. We provided pet food, treats, coats, and pet toys to over 400 pets. We provided 8 to 10 wishlist toys to over 150 kids. We also had one of our families adopted by Aj's search and rescue's family and friends!!! We had more volunteers and supporters than any year.
For the first year, we did Angel Trees for some of our wish list items. Montrose Ford and Bath and Biscuits LLC both took an angel tree. They both went above and beyond, not only buying wish list items, but also buying extra toys and stocking stuffers for the kids!
Fairlawn Medina Landscape Supply Company and their family and friends collected a big vehicle load full of pet items and kids toys along with 12 new bikes for the kids that we did not get to for the Christmas distribution, but came in handy right before Christmas when families were still coming to us asking for help.
All through the Share The love drive we had some amazing people who were dropping off donations of clothes, household goods, toys, and more.
Akron All Breed Training Club did pictures with santa again this year allowing us to have some money to buy wishlist and pet items.
Once again Contemporary Living showed up with many loads from them and their clients.
Macedonia Petco not only collected pet items but also collected kids toys for us.
A Dog's Life was constantly dropping off new and gently used donations.
Carol Fresch donated all of the items that were, left from their Christmas giveaway and Connie Hall had us come and pick up many truckloads of new and gently used items.
So many individuals showed up throughout the drive with wishlist items that we had posted or boxes of gently used items.
Our bins at the Petcos and Pet Valus kept filling up from all of the wonderful people who wanted to help! When we got close and noticed the one thing we were short on was pet food we put the cry out and so many of you answered. Rescues and individuals dropped pet food off giving us enough for the distribution.
Thank you Sara, Jen, Linda, Joan and Hailey for keeping all of the volunteers fed during the distribution. We also want to thank Don and Betty Bowles for donating dozens of homemade cookies for the volunteers to eat!
Because there were so many people who donated either money or items this Share the Love, I cannot list them all. We know who you all are and cannot thank you enough.
Last but definitely not least thank you,thank you,thank you to the volunteers who sorted, picked donations up, loaded, unloaded, worked the distribution, worked on the truck, and did anything else that needed done. These people worked their tails off to make this happen and I dont know what we would have done without them!!!
All of you helped give many families a Christmas this year!!!
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for giving some of your hearts to show families the true meaning of Christmas!!!
This year - 2019 - will be different for collecting items for Christmas for the families that ar in need. Especially for the children that would otherwise be doing without. All year we will be collecting "NEW" items. Toys. clothes and toiletries. _ Nothing used. Everything will be kept until it is time to sort out for each family. With the amount of families that are stugling becomes greater, so will our need for new items. Put a smile in your heart knowing that you will be putting a smile on faces and make sure the children have something to look forward to as well as the adults.
Starting in Nov. of 2019 we will collect new and nearly new clothing, toys, toiletries and other misc items. This year we will NO LONGER TAKE LAST MINUTE USED CLOTHING. All donations must be to us by Dec. 7, 2019 UNLESS they are new items or items that have been asked for. (It is just too hard on our volunteers to sort, box or bag everything at the last minute)
We start out with a simple Share The Love gesture of handing out candy canes to people we come across in our daily lives, helping to bring a smile to their face.
We start collecting "NEW" and "LIKE NEW" 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 weeks before our Christmas, Share the Love distribution and after careful screening, we set up a time and place for distribution and the fun begins.
In 2013, we had two ( 2 ) distribution locations and two ( 2 ) large Penske trucks.
In 2014, we were able to fill two trucks and had three ( 3 ) distribution locations. Items that were still left were sent to a fourth area for homeless families.
In, 2015, we were fortunate to have an actual SEMI donated for the day and stuffed it with all our donations, plus packed our vehicles and helped over 300 families that were low income or homeless, as well as giving 250 children a Christmas.
In 2016 we all seemed to have our share of financial problems, but we were still able to help a over 200 hundred families with pet food and 150 children toys. This number does not include the toys we donated to local police departments and to Springtime of Hope.
On Dec. 10, 2017..... we had between 300 to 400 families for clothing, bedding, coats and other misc. items. We had some larger toys donated, but not nearly enough for the children.
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.
HELPING THE HOMELESS
People Care Pet Pantry always new there was a need to help the homeless. We knew that their pets were their lifeline of love and hope. Most of them would rather live and sleep on the street than give up their pet. It is a bond that can not and should not be broken.
This is where we come in. We started out simple, Joining a group called Springtime of Hope. They cater food to help feed those that need a good nourishing meal at least once a week.
Our first time out we only brought pet food. As the time progressed we realized that even though Springtime of Hope was also giving them items that had been donated, we, the Pet Pantry, felt the need to do more, And We Have.
We are always asking for donations for those that have nothing more than the simple things they are able to carry. The items listed below are also on our wish list.
Clean, durable warm sleeping bags
New or slightly used blankets that are washable
Socks - both men and women
Clean and washable warm winter coats ( children - women - men Large, XL, XXL, XXXL)
Gloves, hats, scarves
Men and women's underwear
Toiletry Items - toothpaste, toothbrush, bar soap, and deodorant
New or slightly used clean (Clorox) towels and washcloths
Batteries (AAA, AA and D)
When we hand out blankets, we give them two. One for them and one for the pet. We hand out toiletries and anything else that we may have gotten. During the next couple months, it is even more important to help keep these people warm. Unfortunately there are some that freeze to death and there is no one looking for them or seem to care that they are gone.
People Care Pet Pantry is asking for your help in keeping them warm.
We have also found that one of the best ways to help a homeless person is to show them respect. As you look into their eyes, talk to them with genuine interest, and recognize their value as an individual, you will give them a sense of dignity that they rarely experience.Some made poor choices but others didn't. Even if they did make poor choices, no one deserves homelessness. Homeless people are not worth less than you. They are still someone's child. Talk to them and treat them the way you would want to be treated.
When you talk to them, talk simply and get to the point. This is not because they're stupid but because being hungry or cold can impair a person's judgement. They may have trouble understanding you and they may need help reasoning through problems.
While it's wise to exercise caution and take measures to ensure your personal safety when ministering to the homeless, by identifying with the real person behind the face on the streets, your caring will be much more effective and rewarding. We can use your help!!!
For donations and drop off locations please go to
How You Can Help Page
If you would like to volunteer please call or text 330-389-5116.
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