BLISSFIELD — With funding and help from several local partners, the Lenawee Humane Society has a new washing machine.
The Rotary Club of Blissfield, with the participation of Lowe’s of Adrian and other private donors, purchased a new washing machine for the Humane Society early last week.
Lowe’s employee Rita Garcia, who is a host family for the Lenawee Humane Society, brought the Rotary Club of Blissfield’s attention to the need for a new washing machine in the shelter during a conversation. she had with another Lowe employee, Scott Croft, who was recently named president of the Rotary Club of Blissfield. The animal shelter’s washing machine unexpectedly stopped working completely, according to a press release from the Rotary Club of Blissfield.
“With no funds in the nonprofit’s budget to replace the washer on short notice, LHS volunteers would take laundry, including bedding and cleaning supplies, home to wash. “, reads the press release.
Garcia, according to the statement, also approached her employer, Lowe’s, who offered to match any donation amount Garcia might collect. Croft, meanwhile, invited Garcia to speak at the Rotary club meeting on Aug. 16. The following week, the club voted to close the gaps between private donations Garcia had raised and matching funds from Lowe, committing the club to $325.
“The washing machine was purchased by LHS this afternoon (August 23),” the statement read.
Established in 1934, the Rotary Club of Blissfield meets weekly and organizes community service projects, while raising funds to carry out these projects. Past projects have included the BELL (Blissfield Environmental Life Lab) lab at Blissfield Elementary School, park pavilions, a trailer for the Blissfield High School band, and the digital billboard and l clock along US 223 at the entrance to Ellis Park. .