People Care Pet Pantry
Thank you to every one, this was one of the best Share The Love's ever!!! We had more people be a part of it than any other year. Because of each of you, 308 children of all ages got an average of 6 presents off of their own wish list for Christmas. The parents as well as others that came were able to get household items and fill paper grocery bags that had been donated by Buehlers in the Portage Lakes, Acme and Giante Eagle in Green with various clothing articles and misc. household sundries.
Over 800 cats and dogs got food and toys for Christmas. This averages out to about 13,000 pounds of pet food. All of those people plus more were able to fill bags of needed gently used items for thier pets (coats, beds, leashes and colars). There were also several items for smaller pets as in fish, birds, ferrets, etc. that were given out.
Many of the homeless we help got coats, blessing bags, food for their pets, blankets, and sleeping bags.
Thank you to every person that had any part in this years Share The Love. No matter what you did to help it meant the world to so many!!!
The number of businesses and organizations that helped this year could not be named in total without leaving some one out. So to all of you...THANK YOU.
Once again Montrose Ford took the lead with donating many of our wishes this year for the second time. Contemporary Living helped again with donations of clothes, toys and misc. Akron All Breed training club kicked off our Share The Love again with an amazing Pictures with Santa fundraiser. United Methodist Church in Rootstown kicked off our gently used collecting by having us pick up after their sale. Companion Pets helped with pet items, Stow Pet Supplies Plus as well as Springfield Pet Supplies Plus helped with pet food, treats, and other pet items. Dollar General in Rootstown helped with childrens toys and Centerra country store did a photos with Santa for us and Roses Rescue. A HUGE thank you to our pedigree angels for making multiple trips with pet food and for donating to help get not only childrens toys but also dog and cat toys!!!
Thank you to all of the volunteers who came out to help that cold day!!! Thank you to all who donated, transported, picked up donations, sorted, loaded, made food, shared posts, made dog beds, dropped off pet food and anything and everything else you did!!! We love and appreciate every single one of you!!! Without any one of you, we would not have been able to help all we did at the Christmas distribution or after it.
We are in the process of sending out thank you/receipt letters for those who donated. If anyone would like or needs one please message me names and addresses.
Once again THANK YOU does not even begin to cover how grateful we are to each of you and we hope and pray that each one of you got to feel a piece of the Share The Love magic that happened!!! Can't wait until next year!!!
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 Fordand 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 Petconot 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!!!
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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