COOS BAY – For the fifth consecutive year, the Marshfield Key Club helped collect donations for the Coos County animal shelter.
Stacy Gulseth, a student club advisor who organizes projects inside and outside Marshfield High School, said there was some hesitation in fundraising due to the pandemic restrictions, but decided to try anyway. As in previous years, the club installed a “doghouse” on campus, where people could deposit food or other items.
“… During COVID, we didn’t know if we would be able to lift anything, but we thought ‘let’s try it’,” said Gulseth. “Not only did the team members donate, but I’m sure we had tons of people driving because (the dog house) was filling up daily.”
The house was built five years ago by the school’s advanced carpentry department and then painted and decorated by the students. Since then, it has been used for the four-week annual fundraiser. The top part comes out, said Gulseth, allowing people to put donations inside.
“… I called (the shelter) first to ask what they needed and said I wasn’t sure we could achieve much, as there was no school going on (on campus),” said Gulseth, but saw that the dog house was filling up every day.
In fact, she said fundraising saw more donations this year than ever.
“People donated food for dogs and cats, collars for cats, washing powder,” she listed. “People donated flea medicines, which needed to be closed and had no expiration date. The same is true of dog food, which can be opened but cannot be expired or moldy. “
Other donated items also include blankets and towels.
“We had a variety of things in bulk,” she said. “Some were in boxes and bags. It was very generous … That box was overflowing. We have never been so run over, even during school hours. “
Gulseth said Key Club students liked the fundraiser and would normally take the items to the shelter, but “in fact, it is closed only for consultations”, not to mention excess donations.
“… (The shelter) offered to receive (the donations) in the animal control truck, which helped us a lot,” she said.
Although fundraising has ended, Gulseth said that if people still want to donate to the animal shelter, the items can be taken to Marshfield High School, located at 972 Ingersoll Avenue in Coos Bay.