HAYTI, MO (KAIT) - Caruthersville High School students and a local business both brought the no-kill animal shelter in Hayti an early Christmas gift.
The CHS Art Club hosted a Christmas project this year to supply some much-needed items, including food and toys, to the shelter animals.
First State Bank and Trust employees in Caruthersville also held a donation drive for the shelter recently.
"This was a great gift to the shelter," Humane Society President Karol Wilcox said. "We were overwhelmed by the amount of items collected and it will certainly help the animals have a better holiday."
Wilcox said winter is the hardest time of the year for the shelter.
"We see more animals in need this time of year," she said. "Animals are frequently dumped around the area and some people run into financial situations and we extend a helping hand."
Drives and donations like these are what Wilcox said keeps a non-profit, no-kill shelter open.
"We have always said it takes a community to save the animals and we are blessed to receive such kind donations," Wilcox said.
The shelter has also teamed up with PETCO in Cape Girardeau.
The store has pictures of the shelter animals on display and is collecting items for them through the holiday season.
"We are grateful for our relationship with PETCO," Wilcox said. "We have been working with them for many years and they have been very good to us."
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