Here's Your Chance to Help Local Animals in Need

posted Sep 6, 2018, 2:02 PM by Cheryl Hentz   [ updated Oct 20, 2018, 3:23 PM ]

The Animal Ministries group of First Congregational Church is asking all FCC members to help animalin the coming weeks.

Four years ago, the group started a Fill the Bowl campaign as part of our St. Francis of Assisi events every October. Fill the Bowl is a project created by the Humane Society of the United States to help provide animal shelters and rescue groups with food to help people who are having trouble feeding their pets because of their financial or life circumstances. As you may recall, FCC’s first Fill the Bowl effort was so well-received that we got national attention, which resulted in donations from people in different parts of the country who read about what we were doing here at FCC and wanted to help.

Last year we changed things up a bit by sponsoring a Giving Tree for the local shelter. FCC members helped make that such a success that we are doing it again this year. We have gathered a list of things the Oshkosh Area Humane Society needs and written those items on cute animal-related handmade “ornaments.” The Giving Tree will be set up outside of the Sanctuary in the Narthex. Throughout the month of September, you’re invited to pick an ornament off the tree and buy whatever gift is noted on that ornament. There will be a Fill the Bowl receptacle near the tree in which to put your gift. The Fill the Bowl Giving Tree event will culminate during St. Francis weekend, October 6-7 with the annual Blessing of the Animals service on Saturday, Oct. 6. All the Giving Tree donations collected throughout September and the first week in October will be taken to the Oshkosh Area Humane Society after that weekend.

Of course, financial contributions are always welcome. So, if you are so inclined, you may write out a check to the OAHS and put it in an envelope for us to give to the shelter. Or, if you have children who participate in the children’s time during Sunday worship they can always put the donation in the dog-house “bank” up near the altar. 

Either way, your help is needed. The local animal shelter goes through more than 1,000 pounds of food each month – whether to feed to the animals they’re adopting out, or to give to people so they can continue feeding their pets as opposed to having to surrender them during tough financial times. Won’t you please help us help them? Watch for the Fill the Bowl Giving Tree, and your opportunity to help. We thank you, the shelter staff thanks you and, above all, the animals we all so deeply want to help thank you!