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Potomac Towers residents provide gift of pet supplies

December 07, 2004|by JANET HEIM

janeth@herald-mail.com

A gift of birdseed last year by the Humane Society of Washington County led to a collection of pet supplies that filled nine shopping carts and two flatbed carts.

The birdseed came from the pet food bank at the Humane Society that provides food for pet owners who qualify - either in a government social service program or in temporary financial crisis.

It was requested by Phyllis Gorman, a Potomac Towers resident, for the bird feeders in front of the housing complex on Baltimore Street in Hagerstown. Potomac Towers provides income-eligible housing for seniors and disabled individuals.

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The members of Potomac Towers' Neighborhood Watch, led by Gorman, and the Senior Club were touched by the donation and decided to return the favor by collecting supplies on the Humane Society's wish list.

"I'm telling you. I can't believe these people," said Gorman of the residents. "We've got oodles of stuff."

She estimates that more than $500 worth of supplies was collected during the five-week drive.

Some of the items included towels, throw rugs, quilts and blankets, pet food, evaporated and powdered milk, bleach, hydrogen peroxide, pet toys, stuffed animals, paper plates, rubber and latex gloves, and laundry detergent.

Star Silva, who manages the food bank at the Humane Society, was responsible for the birdseed donation through the shelter's food bank. She marveled at the collection of items, adding that she gets calls from people wanting to make donations, but never from those to whom she has donated.

"It's just wonderful that they're doing this. We really depend upon donations," said Margaret Rhoads, volunteer coordinator at the Humane Society.

Last year, the group collected food for the REACH Cold Weather Shelter.

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