Wednesday, May 4, 2011

University of St. Thomas students raise almost $2000 for homeless animals!

A team of University of St. Thomas students came together to raise money for homeless dogs and cats. The effort was led by Cody Luebeck, Resident Advisor for Brady Hall 6th floor at the University of St. Thomas.

Cody shares the following:

"I brought the idea of raising money for a charity up back in December.  I brought it to the men of my leadership team, and asked them if they would be interested.  They said they would be, and I presented the idea of raising money for an animal shelter.  I chose this for a couple reasons: 1. I am a huge animal lover, as well as my team, and helping homeless animals is a way to help other animals have a life they deserve, and 2. Everyone supports human charities (women shelters, orphanages, cancer places) and animal shelters are often forgotten. 

The team is a group of guys that volunteered at the beginning of the school year to help me plan events.  We have done a blacklight dance, an Elementary/Middle school volunteer day (we played with the kids and helped tutor) as well as other social events throughout the year. 

The during the program, we handed out over 200 coffee mugs stuffed with hot cocoa and an information sheet.  We would collect names and a meal would be subtracted from the students' meal plan. During the actual event, my guys worked to get every single person who walked into the cafe to sign up.  The lunch lady who swipes the cards even helped us out, sending back anyone who didn't initially sign up by asking them "don't you want to help those cute puppies and kitties?"  Coming from a cute little grandma, nobody could refuse.  I also arranged to have Tommie, our school mascot, make an appearance to help our efforts, and having him there was a great addition. "

Cody came to one of our Pet Haven adoption events to present the check. As a result of their hard work, enthusiasm and creativity these awesome students raised $1,785 for homeless dogs and cats!!!

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