A fundraising program through the Clay County Humane Society is still going strong.
Coordinator and Humane Society member Sharon Hoffman recently told The Brazil Times the Great Lakes Scrip Program has helped raise funds for the local shelter.
"I think it's a marvelous way (to raise funds)," Hoffman said.
The program works quite simple. Hoffman is the point person for those interested in purchasing gift certificates for various restaurants, outlets and grocery stores.
For example, certificates for $25 or $50 are available for Applebee's. As well, $25 and $100 certificates are available for Walmart.
A person has the opportunity to purchase one of the gift certificates and then can use it at any of the outlets.
Grocery stores such as Kroger, Page's and Baeslers offer certificates. In fact, Hoffman said Kroger offers a "reloadable" gift card, meaning any time someone runs out of money on their Kroger card, they can add more. She added the Kroger cards could also be used in the store's pharmacy and at its gas pumps.
Various restaurants that offer certificates through the program include Arby's, Bob Evans, Cracker Barrel, Hardees, Papa Johns, Pizza Hut, Ruby Tuesday, Subway, and more. In addition, other retailers offering certificates include Bath and Body Works, CVS, Lowes, PetSmart, Sears, Starbucks, Walgreens and a host of others.
The local shelter receives a percentage of the profits of every certificate or card sold and use it to help operate the local shelter. For example, the shelter receives 10 percent of profits from a Bob Evans certificate.
"When you buy these certificates ahead of time, you make money for the animals at the shelter," Hoffman said. "Animals lovers support this."
Hoffman said the shelter typically earns $1,500 a year through the fundraising efforts. However, the earnings did drop a little in recent years due to a slow economy.
Still, she said the program has worked well for the shelter, particularly during the holiday season.
"Typically, during the holiday season is when we see (a spike) in sales," she said. "(People) are going to spend money."
She added residents could help the local shelter yearly through the program.
Hoffman said she has helped coordinate the program for approximately five years.
"I coordinate the program," she said.
While she has to order the certificates, Hoffman said she does keep a few of the Kroger gift cards "on hand."
She said gift certificates or the Kroger card are available by calling her at 1-812-986-2386 or 1-812-240-5681. Those paying via check should make them payable to Clay Humane Scrip.