Class Act: Trico High School Pet Supply Drive

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By Brandon Merano

CAMPBELL HILL -- Coming up with an idea for a fundraiser can be tough.

"We were just trying to think of some different things, and a lot of the kids thought it would be great to do something for local humane societies," explained Andrea Demming, sponsor of the National Honor Society at Trico High School.
 
As nice weather begins so does the need of supplies and food for local animal shelters like St. Francis in Murphysboro. Volunteer Nancy Behimer says that the number of stray or abandoned animals is a growing problem in southern illinois.
 
"A lot of people have to do without, and these little guys are dumped and left to run. We had two dumped out in our yard on Sunday," said Behimer.
 
Morgan Vogt, a junior and National Honor Society member at Trico, took home two dogs from a shelter.
 
"Adopt an animal from a shelter because they get a chance to live a better life instead of being cooped up," said Vogt.
  
Local animal shelters and humane societies are in need of things like napkins, dog treats, hand sanitizer, multi-purpose cleaners with bleach and 30-gallon size trash bags.
 
"There are a lot of animals that need homes, but they can't go to homes. So I understand that by donating we're giving them the next great thing to home," explained student Nichole Kimbro.
 
The food and supply drive isn't all the students are doing.
 
"We're also going to do a community service project with them on May 10. There the students are going to actually go to the shelters and donate their time when they bring in the supplies," said Demming.
 
Local shelters couldn't be happier to get the help.
 
"We really appreciate anything we get," added Behimer.
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