Is it too late for Turkey? Thanksgiving in February

 Volunteers don't get paid, not because they're worthless, but because they're priceless.  ~Sherry Anderson

Every year around Thanksgiving, everyone takes a moment to reflect on what they’re thankful for. We usually will send out a Thank You email, a facebook post or even an individual email. Then *POOF* the HOLIDAYS are upon us and all that gratitude seems to go the way of fake snow  and Elf on the Shelf (tucked away somewhere til the next year rolls around). 

Here at CSRA, we want to start making it a point to remember how incredibly grateful we are all year round to the people surrounding us who make it possible, not only for us to do our jobs as dog rescuers, but to truly have an impact on our community.  We want to start with our friend, volunteer, fostermom,  virtuoso grant-writer and all around great lady: Debby Hylton.

In preparation for this post, I asked some of the other board members to help remind me of everything that Debby does for our organization so I wouldn’t leave anything out, and one of them wrote back what I think sums it up in a nutshell, “What doesn’t Debby do?”   Debby helps us keep tabs on cockers arriving in local shelters (with over a dozen shelters we check on the regular, this is not an easy task). She helps us with evaluating dogs and intake when we get them. She volunteers at our special events. She comes to our Meet and Greets and takes hilarious and often touching photos of the dogs—something that has helped get more than a few of them adopted faster. Up until special needs cocker Mirabella’s untimely death late last year, she helped nurse this sickly little dog into a true beauty. We all have big ideas from time to time, but Debby helps us develop these ideas in to REAL programs, specifically she championed our Seniors for Seniors project which helps match senior humans with senior canines.

And something that not everyone knows about, but we’d like to take this opportunity to go ahead and shout it from the rooftops:  in past couple of years, Debby has submitted grant applications on behalf of CSRA resulting in various organizations awarding us over $12,000 in grant monies. That’s three zeroes, by the way. Over Twelve-THOUSAND dollars to spend on the dogs in our care that we otherwise would not have had, but for the efforts of one Debby Hylton. 

Thornton Wilder once said that “we can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”    So we want to acknowledge the treasure we have in Debby.   You truly make a difference and we are blessed to have you as part of our team. PAWS UP!

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