More puppies will be able to receive the care they need thanks to money raised during Christmas for a Cause.
Christmas For a Cause is an initiative that was created by Moose Jaw Families For Change in partnership with Heritage Insurance that in exchange for donations volunteers wrapped gifts for residents on Thursday and Saturdays throughout the month of September. Each year the two sides will pick a new non-profit or organization to be the recipient, for the inaugural year they chose Flirting with Fido.
"It was about $1,100 that we were able to raise for them and we're very excited because our goal was to raise about $1,000 with it being the very first year for the event," explained Katie Statler, Community Coordinator with Families For Change. "It will help with their medical bills that they have or any other processes that would help in rescuing and rehoming the dogs in need."
Statler said all around the event was a 'paw-sitive' as they not only got to help residents wrap gifts, collect money for a local group, but they also got a chance to show off their new building to residents who might not have another reason to stop by.
"It was great for us so folks could come here and see where we are located. Puppies coming in that was great therapy for some of the folks that are able to interact with animals, that was a good partnership in that way for us. And the opportunity for us to partner with a great business like Heritage Insurance, and likewise give back to the community."
Greg Marcyniuk, Agency Owner at Heritage Insurance, said fundraisers and initiatives like these are important to them and there's significant meaning behind doing this kind of work.
"Heritage Insurance is one that does do a lot for the community with numerous different community events and organizations. I just truly believe, you only get what you put back into our community," explained Marcyniuk.
Shortly after handing over the official envelope of donations Marcyniuk said he's already looking forward to making next year even bigger and better.
"We really look forward to next year, and bringing in more people and raising more money for a good cause... we certainly do appreciate the extra publicity that [Golden West Radio] did to make this successful."
Statler added that the two will be meeting later in the year, more than likely in late fall, and discussing who next year's recipient of Christmas for a Cause will be.