BHS Key Club collects 3 busloads of goods for local animal shelters

Bay High School Key Club collected three busloads of supplies for three local animal shelters with the help of the Bay Village community. Photo courtesy Bay High School Key Club

The Bay High School Key Club recently held an Animal Protective League (APL) donation drive. Three bus loads of donations were sent off to the Cleveland APL, Friendship APL of Lorain County and the Berea Animal Rescue to help the shelters’ animals in need. Countless items were donated by the community, making it a huge success.

“It really could not have been such a success without the generosity and support of our community,” said project co-chairperson Miya DeBolt.

The high school’s Key Club dropped off fliers to neighborhood homes the weekend of Oct. 8, and returned to the homes to collect donations a week later on Oct. 16. The Key Club collected many donations from doorsteps, and collected countless more from the donation drop-off location at Bay High School throughout the weekend. As donations were being made through the weekend, some Key Club members helped to sort and box the items.

The Key Club would like to extend a thank you to the community, because without them this event would not have been possible. In addition, the Key Club would like to thank Mr. Gregory Willey from the Friendship APL located in Elyria for taking the time to speak about the importance of donating to shelters. His speech was much appreciated and well received from everyone at that meeting.

“I am thrilled that we received so many wonderful donations from our generous community. I imagine every animal at the shelter will be wagging their tail with all the new toys and goodies,” co-chairperson Katherine Bunsey exclaimed.

The animal shelters that were donated to in this drive are all nonprofit organizations located in the Greater Cleveland area. Although in different cities, all of them are committed to helping animals' health and well-being, as well as to finding forever homes.

“This is a great cause,” Miya said, “and I am so happy that the Key Club and community as a whole put their all into participating in this drive. It was truly such a special experience just to see how many boxes we could pack with donations from such generous donors! I just want to thank every person who participated.”

Thank you to all community members who helped out with this donation drive. The Key Club is thankful for each and every donation and truly appreciates the huge amount of community support for this event.

The Key Club is a national service organization. It is committed to bettering individual local communities. The Bay High Key Club, advised by Mrs. Anita Bauknecht, hosts many different service events throughout the year to better the community in big and small ways.

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Volume 13, Issue 21, Posted 10:25 AM, 11.02.2021