December 2011 Newsletter

Greetings!

We cannot believe that it is already December. At least we now have some much needed cooler weather and a little rain. We are still experiencing a drought here in Louisiana, but recent rains have helped.

Our rummage sale on November 12th was a big success. We cannot thank all of those enough who donated goods, helped with the setup, breakdown, and overall work to make this event a success. It was a great deal of work. People were shocked to see just how much stuff we had for the sale. We still have items left over that we will post on our website and Facebook page for those who may be looking for some treasures. It all helps the animals. A very special thank you goes out to the Pastor and Parishioners at First Wesleyan Church in Bossier City for their hospitality in allowing us to use their fellowship hall for the rummage sale. We also want to thank all the folks there who helped us with all this work. It is so appreciated. Thank you Pastor Paul Gorsline for buying us pizza. That really hit the spot.

Our veterinarian came out to check on the animals Saturday. Snagglepuss, our 28 year old lioness is showing the obvious signs of her age and areas on her body we like to keep a check on. We have an aging population of animals and with that will come some of the usual issues such as arthritis and age related illnesses. We are fortunate that all our animals are in overall very good health. We know that with such an older population we will see some losses. It’s never easy. But, we are glad to report that the animals are all doing very well at this time.

Recycling: We have met our 2011 recycling goal already and we still have a month to go. We couldn’t have done this without the help of those who have been sending their empty cartridges in and the hard work of our webmaster extraordinaire, Paige Bass, who has really kept this program going. It’s a lot of work for her to sort the cartridges, package, and ship them out for us and she has done an amazing job. She also makes sure people from all over the country who want to help with our endeavor get mailing labels so they can send them in directly from where they work. This is a great program. Even if a cartridge is not acceptable for compensation, it still stays out of the landfills because the company we used, Funding Factory, ensures they are properly disposed of and recycled for other uses. So thank you everyone who makes this program such a success.

LSU Child’s Rocking Chair Raffle: Since we are in LSU country here in Louisiana we decided to try and raise money for veterinary care by raffling off a child’s rocking chair in the LSU colors. Tickets are only $5 each and the drawing will be held at our December 17th bake sale at Petco, Youree Drive, Shreveport at 4pm. The winner doesn’t need to be present, but will be responsible for picking the chair up at Petco or we can ship at the winner’s expense. You can purchase tickets on-line here on our website or by mailing a check or money order NLT 14 December to ensure we get it in time to: Yogie and Friends LSU Chair Raffle, 128 Fob Lane, Frierson, LA 71027.

Cookbook Fundraiser: We are doing a cookbook fundraiser and need your recipes to make it the best one we can. Please send us any recipes you’d like us to include in our cookbook. You can e-mail the recipe, with all, clear and detailed instructions, and your name to show who submitted it to yogieandfriends@hotmail.com.

Volunteers of the Month: Henry and Jill Durivage, Robin Snyder, Lana Cross, Liz Herndon, Helen Peck, Annie Armstrong, Lisa Bost, Gayle Labor, and Celeste Beck for helping with setup, pricing, and manning the rummage sale. You are all so appreciated.

Upcoming Events:

December 17th, 2011    11 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Holiday Bake Sale and Fundraiser

Petco, Youree Drive  Shreveport, LA


On-Line Gift Shop: We have a very nice assortment of t-shirts available for sale on our website. All the money from the sales goes to the care of the animals. Please check our gift shop on-line. We are trying to add other items as we get them. Some of our ceramics have not been added as of yet because of the high cost of shipping such items. We are looking into different shipping methods because we want to increase our gift shop.

Facebook: Don’t forget to follow us on Face Book. We have a very active page and update it often with news and events as they happen.  Sometimes we even make special offers on Facebook for our fans and it’s a good way to spread the word. We’d love to increase our fan base.

Kroger Neighbor to Neighbor Donation Program: Now is the time to reenroll your Kroger Plus Card in the Neighbor to Neighbor program. The accumulation period is 1 July 2011 – 30 April 2012.  It is so easy to do. Just give the cashier the letter we have linked on our website. The old letters work since it is the same barcode. The cashier will scan that and your Plus Card and it will be linked. Every time you shop at a Kroger in Texas and Louisiana and use your card, then a percentage of the sale goes to Yogie and Friends. Kroger gives a portion of $1 Million to local Texas and Louisiana programs through this program.


A few ways to help financially:

Coins for Cats! Do you empty your pockets of all your coin when you get home and throw them in a jar or piggy bank? Well, what a great way to get kids involved in fundraising help for the animals.  A little coin can go a long way! That little bit of effort can end up being a nice chunk of change.

Purina Weight Circles: Cut off the weight circles from Purina Bagged Dog food (no canned food) and mail them to us at: Yogie and Friends Weight Circle Program, 128 Fob Lane, Frierson, LA 71027.

Go Green with our ink jet and cell phone recycling program. We have a very active recycling program. This is an easy way to help both the environment and the big cats. All you have to do is place the empty cartridges in a box and we’ll even get a postage paid shipping label to you. We have several businesses, libraries, and other organizations that have boxes set up just for this purpose. When they fill the box, they seal it, place the label on it, and if UPS happens to stop by your business for package pickup you can just give them this box of cartridges. Or just drop it off at any UPS drop-off location. That’s how easy it is. This all adds up to dollars for the animals. It’s an easy way to get kids involved too. Details are listed on our website.

We have several programs for you to help our animals: www.igive.com, Cause ID 19883, www.networkforgood.org, www.goodsearch.com, just to name a few. They are all listed here on our website.


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