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Squad to volunteer for shelter Saturday

Thursday, September 22, 2011

A Northview High School athletic team will give back to the community Saturday.

Members of the NHS volleyball program will head to the Clay County Humane Shelter, 8280 N. CR 125 W., Brazil, to help out as much as they can.

"It's something that the girls wanted to do," volleyball coach Scott McDonald said. "The community gives our program a lot of support. We wanted to have the chance to give back to the community. We're going to spend a couple of hours out there and help out."

The team will be at the shelter from 10 a.m.-noon.

McDonald said the players will help clean cages, do laundry, mop floors and play with the animals.

"We'll have a list of things they're going to provide us," McDonald said. "We're all going to divide up and pitch in.

"This was something we thought we should do. It's always good for (the players) to want to give back to their community. Our challenge is to challenge all the other teams at Northview and do the same thing. We need to give back a little bit."

Humane Shelter Manager Brenda Gaskill said she is thrilled to receive the help.

"We're grateful beyond words," Gaskill said. "I think it's wonderful that they actually are involved in their school activities. They have a lot of things going on. I think it's wonderful that they actually want to come out here and help.

"We really appreciate that they take time out of their busy schedule to come out here and give us a hand."

Gaskill said the shelter has approximately 65 dogs and more than 100 cats, making the volunteer help vital.

Gaskill said some school organizations have come out to help with the shelter in the past. In addition, she said a group of 4-H students came out during the summer.

"The group will help our employees tremendously," Gaskill said, adding the shelter has only seven part-time employees. "I'm hoping after this group comes out, maybe (other teams) will follow suit."

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