I called the shelter today, and asked what they are in need of. They told me that food wasn't that much of a problem as of now, but they are in dire need of dishwashing detergent, bleach, paper towels, and kitty litter. Makes perfect sense to me when I thought about it. People are probably more willing to donate food than they are to donate the other supplies that are needed to keep a clean shelter.
So, as of right now, I took some of my tip money from yesterday and bought... a six pack of paper towels. 5 bottle of dishwashing detergent, and 2 large bags of kitty litter. (They want the plain clay litter from WalMart if possible, because they've found that very few cats are sensitive to it, because it's totally free of any deoderants or other chemicals. It's pure clay litter.) And, I've also picked up 24 cans of catfood, because I don't care how much they have, the stuff doesn't go bad, they can store it for when they need it. I was unable to pick up bleach, because for some odd reason, it seems that everyone in Woonsocket has gone bleach crazy, and the shelves at WalMart were empty!
I still plan on picking up more stuff as the next couple weeks go by. My hope is that I can drop all the stuff off on Saturday, the 20th of December. But, I may call them tomorrow and ask if it would be better for them if I were to bring the stuff up in little bits, if they really are in desperate need of it now.
So, it might not be canned catfood that comes from all of you, but it will be something the shelter really needs to keep going. *g* And, the nice person on the phone was even willing to send out thank you's to everyone who signed my journal and said yes. However, I explained to her that it would be a lot of names, and that I'd rather they didn't write and mail that many thank-yous, but instead, if they were willing to send me one, I'd see what I could do to scan it and put it up in my journal.
Thank you to all of you who signed my journal. Thanks for taking the time to let me know you'd like to see me donate for you to my shelter. And if you haven't signed yet, and want to, please feel free to go and do so now