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Dollar General collects to help homeless animals

Posted October 17, 2012 by Joe Rehana in Community

The Goreville Dollar General store is hosting a campaign to help homeless animals by collecting goods and foods at the front of its store, which will be presented this Saturday at 2 p.m. to the Cache Creek Animal Rescue service, which operates out of Anna and services all who seek its help.

The Goreville Dollar General store began its campaign to collect pet food and other items benefiting the Cache Creek Animals Rescue Center Sunday and will present what it collects to the shelter Saturday at 2 p.m. in front of its store.

Dollar General store said it has already collected a large box and half full of supplies that will go to help the homeless animals and help keep the clinic running.

“The community has been great,” said Denise Lukesh, Goreville Dollar General Store assistant manager.  “We’ve been doing really well in Goreville and this is just one of the many ways we are trying to give back to the community.”

Lukesh said Dollar General in Goreville itself is not allowed to make donations of goods or services, but requests to its corporate offices can amount to donations.

“We’re a community store here and we want to be a part of the community, so this is one way we are able to participate,” said Lukesh.

Cache Creek Animal Rescue operates out of Anna as a “no-kill” service specializing in seeking adoptions of its rescues as well as offering its clinical services at affordable rates as a not-for-profit organization.  The Rescue service is expected to have animals with them Saturday and will be on site from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Times are tough and we’re trying to help in both collecting goods for this organization, but also let people know they exists and are affordable,” said Lukesh.

Dollar General received a “wish list” from the clinic and Lukesh said she started the collection off herself purchasing one of each item on the list and putting it all in the collection box. To simplify purchases for customers the store has placed signs on items requested and placed a small stock of several items near the front of the store.

Goreville’s Dollar General store is not new to helping the community here as it recently participated in collecting items for Goreville Schools’ nurse and before that collected for the Stuff the Bus program, both a success said Lukesh.

“We are looking to join the Boy Scouts in their food collection drive coming up,” said Lukesh.  “We want Goreville to know we’re a part of the community and we plan to participate as much as we can.”

All items donated will go to Cache Creek Animal Rescue Center on behalf of the Citizens of Goreville.