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June 22, 2014

Friends of the Humane Society rummage sale helps critters

COMANCHE —     The Friends of the Stephens County Humane Society wrapped up their rummage sale, one of the largest fundraisers for the humane society, Saturday. The sale took place Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Thrift shoppers were invited to the Thrift Store located at 105 Village Mall to purchase items for cheaper than before. Not only were all items, aside from furniture, on sale for 50 percent off, but customers were invited to fill a bag for just $1 out of select items available.

    “We had just about everything you can use in the house except for clothing because we didn’t have room for it,” said Betty Burk, event coordinator for the sale.

    All items in the store were contributed by the Comanche community. All proceeds from the rummage sale go toward the Stephens County Humane Society to aid in the cost of animals.

    The Friends organization helps the humane society with a variety of different programs for cats and dogs that go to their shelter. Some of these programs support the spaying and neutering of dogs. Dog owners can obtain a $25 voucher that can be used at any veterinarian office to aid in the cost of spaying or neutering.

    Other programs include Beat the Heat, which is a spaying and neutering program for cats. One more project includes paying for the transportation of strays to no kill shelters. Finally, the Friends program will pay for any heartworm medication for dogs if they test positive for it before the owner adopts them.

    All proceeds from the rummage sale as well as any other purchase made throughout the year at the thrift store goes directly to the humane society to help these programs.

    Burk said the turnout for the event this year was a good one. Last year, they raised about $2,000. This year, the only goal was to do the best they could.

    “We didn’t have a goal, we just hoped that we could do as well as we have in prior years,” she said. “We’re just happy to help all the animals at the humane society. That’s our goal.”

    One advantage the thrift store had this year was their recent expansion. Because they were able to expand their store, items for sale did not have to be put outside.

    “It was easier for us to put it on because we expanded,” Burk said. “It helped us a whole lot not having to be outside in the heat. It made it so much more easier and more comfortable on us.”

    Although no other fundraisers are on the horizon, the Friends will participate in Bark in the Park later this season.

    The store, which is usually open Thursday through Saturday, will be closing down to reorganize and restock their shelves. The thrift store will re-open with new merchandise on July 10. For more information on the Friends organization, contact Betty Burk at 580-704-9574.

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