A group brought together by their babies is now banding together to collect food for “fur babies.”
The Kitchener-Waterloo chapter of momstown, a group for new mothers, is organizing a pet food drive to benefit the KW Humane Society.
The idea originated with one of the group’s members, Tiffany Smith, who heard news reports that the humane society was in dire need of food. She sent out an email to family, clients of her salon and members of the momstown group appealing for donations of food.
When she saw the email, momstown owner Paula Garceau thought it was a great idea for the group to get involved with. She has taken Maya, their purebred chocolate lab, to the humane society’s dog park and wanted to do something to support the agency.
This is the first charity event organized by the group, which brings together mothers of children under six who want to meet other new mothers. The Kitchener-Waterloo group, which covers the tri-cities and the surrounding townships, was launched a year ago and has 100 members.
Garceau, who moved to Kitchener three years ago, said the group offered the chance to meet friends outside of work and her husband’s circle.
“It’s nice to hang out with other people who are at the same stage in life,” she said. “Because we have our kids in common, we end up being very good friends.”
Momstown members will be collecting donations until May 2. On May 5, during National Pet Week, 10 of them will tour the humane society, handing over the donations.
Smith is collecting donations in her garage. For each item donated, she’ll enter two ballots in a draw for two $100 gift certificates to her salon.