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Groups chip in to help shelter

Members of Ladies Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars and VFW Post 3016 hand Selma Animal Shelter Director Nora Curtin a $150 donation meant for the Selma Animal Shelter on behalf of their groups. (Sarah Robinson | Times-Journal)

Members of Ladies Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars and VFW Post 3016 hand Selma Animal Shelter Director Nora Curtin a $150 donation meant for the Selma Animal Shelter on behalf of their groups. (Sarah Robinson | Times-Journal)

Two Selma groups visited the local animal shelter Thursday baring gifts.

Members of both the Veterans Foreign Wars Post 3016 and its Ladies Auxiliary group joined to donate $150 to the Selma Animal Shelter. Thanks to generosity, the shelter was able to purchase 250 pounds of dog food and 480 pounds of cat litter for their 39 dogs and 30 cats.

“We are so grateful to them for bringing in this money,” Selma Animal Shelter Nora Curtin director Nora Curtin said. “We are desperately low on our litter and dog food.’ Donations like this really help us out.”

Veterans Foreign Wars Post 3016 is one of many VFW programs across the nation designed to serve veterans, the military and local communities. Created to support the VFW, the Ladies Auxiliary to the VFW is a group of the female relatives of those who have served in overseas combat.

VFW representative Kurtis Kaileo said that when you consider how often the two groups give back to the community, Thursday’s charitable act is nothing out of the ordinary.

“Post 3016 always tries to support the community,” Kaileo said. “When we see a need like this, we naturally come up and support it.”

Events like the annual Poppy Drive, where members give out handmade poppies in return for donations to the organization, have helped fund their community service.

For more information on how to donate to the Selma Animal Shelter, call 877-2204.