Success for Rowan Meals On Wheels “August is for AniMEALS” effort

Kim Hardiman of Hardiman Designs and Lorna Medinger of Hughes Plumbing
Supply present check...
Kim Hardiman of Hardiman Designs and Lorna Medinger of Hughes Plumbing Supply present check from “August is for AniMEALS” fundraiser.(Submitted photo)
Published: Sep. 16, 2021 at 6:25 AM EDT
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ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - This August, Meals on Wheels Rowan completed its annual “August is for AniMEALS” fundraiser and Fuzzy Buddies Fun Day. Kim Hardiman of Hardiman Designs, Debbie Barnhardt of Barnhardt Jewelers, and Lorna Medinger of Hughes Plumbing Supply worked together with Meals on Wheels Rowan to organize “August is for AniMEALS.”

“August is for AniMEALs” is a month-long campaign in collaboration with local businesses to collect pet food and donations to support the pet companions of homebound seniors across Rowan County who receive home-delivered meals. This year, Hardiman set out to collect 2 tons of pet food and $10,000 in donations.

Hardiman said, “We are blown away by the support August is for AniMEALS received. We collected 1.3 tons of dry pet food, 864 cans of pet food, 130 packages of treats, and 82 misc. pet toys and pet care items. We surpassed our fundraising goal and raised $12,000 for AniMEALS and $5,560 for human meals.

" Executive Director Cindy Fink explained, “We deliver pet food to our participants along with their daily meal deliveries so that they do not have to worry about purchasing pet food themselves. Many of these seniors either cannot afford to purchase the pet food they need, cannot get out to shop, or may have trouble lifting heavier bags or cans of pet food. The food collected during August is for AniMEALS will be able to provide over six months of food for the pets of these homebound seniors.”

The $12,000 raised during the campaign and a $5,000 grant from Meals on Wheels America and PetSmart Charities will be used to purchase veterinary vouchers for wellness checks, vaccines, grooming, and to buy additional pet food if needed. In a recent national survey, over 80% of those surveyed agreed that Meals on wheels support had made it possible to keep their pet.

Fink added, “We are so grateful to all those who donated. Pet companions are incredibly beneficial to the emotional wellbeing of homebound seniors, and we will be able to provide our meal participants with additional resources and easier access to veterinary care so that their beloved pets remain healthy and fed.”

Hardiman said, “We are so grateful for all of the local businesses who served as drop-off sites for pet food donations. Several of the sites offered prize drawings for those who donated at their locations. For example, Debbie Barnhardt of Barnhardt Jewelers and I did a prize drawing for a personalized paw print necklace. Hughes Plumbing Supply, Dr. James K. Jolly, DDS, Lazy 5, the Stitchin’ Post, and West Rowan Farm and Garden did giveaways as well.”

This year’s drop-off sites were Barnhardt Jewelers, Hughes Plumbing Supply, Lazy 5 Vets, Dr. James K. Jolly, DDS, Stitchin’ Post Gifts, Hot Diggity Dog, Oxford + Lee, Rowan Animal Clinic, West Rowan Farm and Garden, and Ace Hardware. Fund Development and Marketing Manager Alexandra Fisher added,

“This year’s goal of $10,000 raised was ambitious, and we are delighted to have surpassed this goal and raised $17,560 in total. The money we raised for human meals will feed two Home-Delivered Meals participants for a year. We are so grateful for all of Kim, Debbie, and Lorna’s hard work that made all this possible. We are looking forward to what we can achieve next year. Kim’s mantra is ‘go big or go home,’ and she did just that.”

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