Jan Sturdevant used her love of animals as a springboard for ideas to contribute to her community. She wanted to sponsor a project that would benefit and improve the lives of animals. After much consideration she chose the Peace Plantation Animal Sanctuary in Walton as the focal point of her project.
The Peace Plantation does not receive financial assistance from local, state, or federal governments and relies solely on charitable contributions. Presently there are over 300 cats and a variety of other animals that call Peace Plantation home. And when Jan learned that sometimes animals are never adopted but live out the rest of their lives at the Peace Plantation she wanted to find ways to help these animals.
Throughout the month of February Jan developed a list of items needed, decorated, and delivered several large donation boxes with a Valentine theme to Community Living Skills and Resources for Industry in Walton, The Arc of Delaware County’s “THRIVE” center in Hamden, and the Delaware Regional Center in Masonville. The donation boxes were beautiful and caught the attention of those that passed through these facilities. Many of the people knew Jan and about her project. They gave generously resulting in a large cache of toys, treats, blankets, laundry soap, paper towels, cleaning solution, bleach, kitty litter, and many other items.
Michael Reed, Director of Facilities at the Peace Plantation was on hand when Jan delivered the items February 26th. With a big smile he thanked Jan. “We really appreciate what you have done. We rely on donations such as this.”
To see photos of Jan delivering items to the Peace Plantation visit our Flickr site at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/delarc/sets/72157632884484918/
Each person can make a difference. As Margaret Mead said: “Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have.”