MJHS animals to benefit from fundraiser
“It’s like a library,” Stephenie Campbell said of the Moose Jaw Humane Society’s (MJHS) Barking Mad About Book sale.
© Times-Herald photo by Nathan Liewicki
A Moose Jaw man peruses a group of books at the Moose Jaw Humane Society's Barking Mad About Books sale on Saturday. The sale, which began on Aug. 15, will continue to be open Monday to Saturday at the Town 'n' Country Mall until Sept. 13.
Campbell, the promotions and education co-ordinator for the MJHS, estimated the number of books are “probably double” what there usually are at the Town ‘n’ Country Mall.
“We’ve had a lot of great donations from people in the community,” she said. “All year-round people have been bringing in boxes and bags of books.”
A large portion of the books the MJHS accumulated came from a donation from a local store. According to Campbell, the store called the humane society and asked if they would like the books for the upcoming book sale.
“We literally had thousands that come from them,” she added.
The sale, which is a fundraiser for the MJHS that directly benefits the animals, raised $12,000 last year. Campbell is optimistic that more money will be raised this year to provide things like veterinary care, vaccinations, food, litter and comfort items for the animals.
“The money really goes a long way to supplying so many things for them,” and it’s a big fundraiser for us,” she said.
However, with so many books needed to be transported from the huge trailer at the MJHS, help was needed. That’s when Campbell said she received a message from 15 Wing Moose Jaw asking if trainees could be of any assistance.
“Do you have a truck?” she remembers asking.
The trainees showed up with more than a truck.
Dressed in their military attire, six vehicles arrived at the MJHS. The group loaded all of the books that were still in the trailer and brought them to the mall.
In addition to the volunteers from 15 Wing, volunteers are operating the sale during its duration – Aug. 15 to Sept. 13.
“It means that a lot more of the money that we are earning in the fundraiser goes right back to the shelter,” Campbell said of the volunteers.
The sale, which operates Monday to Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., got off to a great start last Friday when Campbell estimated six to 10 people were lined up at the door waiting for the sale to begin.
“Some of them had come from Regina because they heard we were selling vinyl records,” she said.
In addition to books and vinyl records, DVDs, CDs and puzzles can also be purchased at the sale, which Campbell expects will be visited every other day, once a week by some people.
“I think they feel they are putting their money to a good cause, which is really important to a lot of people.”
Nathan Liewicki can be reached at 306-691-1256 or follow him on Twitter @liewicks