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Liverpool woman conducting drive for Humane Association, CNY SPCA

— Helping others around the holidays doesn’t have to mean breaking the bank.

It can be as simple as cleaning out your linen closet or picking up some extra pet food.

Joelle Litz of Liverpool is conducting a donation drive for the Humane Association of CNY and the CNY SPCA from now until Dec. 22. Both shelters are always in need of supplies (see the sidebar for their wish lists), and Litz said every little bit counts.

What the shelters need

CNY SPCA wishlist

Clay cat litter

Dog and cat beds

Friskies wet cat food

Baby food: meat flavors (chicken or meat)

Pill pockets for dogs

Dog and cat treats

Dry dog, puppy, cat and kitten food (Pedigree, Purina, Science Diet)

Dawn dish soap

Gently used blankets and towels

Small litter pans

Collars and leashes

Cat condos and scratching posts

Garbage bags

Stainless steel dishes

Rubber gloves (size large)

Clorox bleach

Clorox wipes

Brooms, dust pans and buckets

Rabbit food and chewable toys

Cat and dog toys

Paper towels

Windex

Heavy Duty Fantastic Cleaner

Large durable dog toys

Office supplies

Postage stamps

Sharpies

Scissors

Dividers

Three-tab filing folders

Binders in white, red or blue

Correct tape/Whiteout

Clear page protectors

Copier paper

Humane Association of CNY wishlist

Non-clumping cat litter

Canned cat and dog food

Litter pans

Catnip treats for cats

Dog treats

Toys for cats and dogs

Air fresheners

Large trash bags

Disposable gloves

Baking soda

Laundry detergent

Dish detergent

Bleach

Sponges

Dryer sheets

Washcloths

Paper towels

Windex

Brooms

Office supplies

Stamps

“When I first saw the wish lists of the Humane Association and the CNYSPCA, I thought, ‘I only have a few of these things, I can't just give a few towels and a blanket!’” she said. “Then I thought, why not? When they say no donation is too small, they mean it. So I decided to donate my time and driving skills to gather whatever small donations my friends and family could muster and deliver them myself. No one should feel like their small donation is somehow not enough, each little bit adds to what they need. If I can get 10 friend to donate two towels each, that's quite the stack of towels! Now multiply that by every household in Onondaga County, just giving two old towels to animals in need. This is why every little bit helps. I figured more people would be willing to give their small donation if they knew it would be added to the others into one big donation.”

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