JAMESTOWN – Jamestown High School social studies classes recently concluded their “Presents for Pets” collection drive in support of the Chautauqua County Humane Society.
Students donated items from the Humane Society’s “Needs List” by JHS teacher and coordinator of “Presents for Pets,” Loraine Steffins, along with fellow teacher Charlie McKenna. JHS’ U.S. History and Government classes donated $342 worth of merchandise and cash to benefit the animals at the Chautauqua County Humane Society.
“I became involved in the drive to help students see that we should all try to give back to their communities, said JHS student Jacob Crum. “Most students have pets and realize that the animals cannot ask for help. We can tell the type of person you are by the way you treat animals. Pets can not ask for help but as humans we must help them all and protect them from abuse.”
As part of the drive, when someone donated an item they were able to put a photograph of their pet on the tree in the JHS library.
“Every year, the generosity of my students amazes me. This year we raised the most collections since I started doing the drive,” said Steffins. “Most students have pets at home and after discussing what the Humane Society actually does for the animals, my students were glad to help. Students gave their change, I rolled it and then bought items on the Chautauqua County Humane Society’s needs list.”
The “Presents for Pets” drive has been helping the Humane Society for a number of holiday seasons. LeAnn Love, who retired from the JHS College/Career Counseling Center, started the drive at Jamestown High School in honor of her son. To see the Chautauqua County Humane Society’s “needs list” visit chqhumane.org.