Bank Independent collects food, supplies for local animal shelters

Special to the Enquirer

Bank Independent will kick off its fifth annual Shelter Share drive to benefit local animal shelters Feb. 1. All locations of the bank will serve as donation points for pet food and supplies designated for local animal shelters, including two locations in Morgan County.The bank aims to build on the success of the 2017 Shelter Share effort to supplement shelters’ resources, according to bank officials. More than 1,000 items and $950 were collected and donated to shelters in northwest Alabama last year.

“Our Shelter Share drive was created after our team members shared how much our shelters depend upon donations and assistance from volunteers in our community,” said Macke Mauldin, Bank Independent president. “So many of our folks are involved in fostering and rescuing shelter animals, and they spend a lot of time helping to raise awareness about these needs. We wanted to do what we could to make it easier for everyone to help out.”

Throughout the month of February, every Bank Independent sales office will accept donations of pet food, kitty litter, paper towels, nursing bottles, cleaning supplies, first aid items, used blankets, bedding and towels.

Bank employees will deliver the donated supplies to the Morgan County Animal Shelter and Decatur Animal Services, as well as the Athens Limestone County Animal Shelter, Colbert County Animal Control Association and Florence Lauderdale Animal Shelter in early March.

In addition to the donation of food and supplies, Bank Independent supports these shelters through its Helping Hands volunteer program.

Employees have donated more than 1,000 volunteer hours to local animal shelters in the six years since the program was implemented. Those hours were spent walking and bathing animals, cleaning cages, laundering towels and blankets and assisting shelter staff as needed.

It was through these efforts that the bank recognized the shelters’ need for additional assistance from the community and established the Shelter Share effort in 2014.

 

 

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