Greetings and thank you again for seeding change by helping to feed animals at VINE Sanctuary!
I hope that you saw the overall 2019 Review for the sanctuary when we shared that on social media. If not, we’ve attached a PDF. We closed out the year with more than 700 animals in residence, having organized or participated in more education and advocacy events than ever before.
None of this would be possible without friends like you. We thought you might like to know about the local folks whose efforts help us to make the most of every dollar you give.
Last Friday, our hay supplier stopped by with a bill and some good news: He got a bargain on bulk baling supplies and decided to pass all of the savings along to us by cutting our price per bale by 10%! Since hay is our largest single outlay, after payroll for our hard-working animal care team, that will be a substantial savings.
The local feed store also helps out by giving us a bulk discount and by donating any “broken bags” (sacks of feed torn in shipping) to the sanctuary.
As part of its “zero waste” efforts, a local grocery store donates big crates of wilted and dented produce twice each week. In addition to saving money, this adds joyful and nutritious variety to the diets of sanctuary residents, who gather around each delivery day, eager to see what surprises might emerge from the crates. (It’s pretty fun to see a cow eating a pineapple!)
One of our volunteers also drives for a “Meals on Wheels” program that delivers fresh produce to low-income seniors and people with disabilities twice monthly. After each run, their own rules say that they must dispose of any produce likely to go bad before the next run. With their permission, that volunteer brings that produce to the sanctuary, so that it will not be wasted.
So, you can see, you really are part of a whole community of generosity in your support for the animals at VINE Sanctuary!
As part of our 20th anniversary celebrations this year, we aim to scale up several of our most effective projects. I’ll tell you more about those projects in another update, but I do want to share one piece of great news: We’ve already managed to add an additional school to our “Barnyard Buddies” program that allows classes to visit to virtually “adopt” sanctuary residents, receiving monthly humane education lessons. In this way, children who may never visit a sanctuary still can learn about and develop empathy for farmed animals.
Thank YOU for being a "barnyard buddy" by supporting the sanctuary!
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