It’s the season for giving, and a food drive to benefit the Student Food Pantry has just come to a close. The Student Community Association has been collecting canned goods and non-perishable items since November. The food will help students who are struggling to afford basic necessities.
Meanwhile, a campus donation drive to benefit homeless animals is just gearing up. Two Full Sail staff members have organized the school-wide donation drive to support a local animal shelter, Pet Rescue by Judy.
Wanted: Dog & Cat Supplies
One of the most active organizations dedicated to rescuing dogs and cats in the Central Florida area, Pet Rescue by Judy is in constant need of dog and cat food, cat litter, trash bags, dog beds, flea and heartworm medicine, and office and cleaning supplies.
Organizers Jillian Infurchia and Lindsay Moraitis have set up donation boxes with posters in the following buildings: FS1, FS2, FS3B, FS3F, FS4B, FS4D, 110, 120, 130 and FS5. The boxes are located next to the reception desk or in the lobby of each building. Students or staff members who prefer to donate money to the shelter can also do so at this link.
“Both Lindsay and I are avid animal lovers, and we wanted to start this drive to be the voice for them and hopefully drive some small change,” said Executive Assistant Jillian Infurchia. “During the winter season, supplies at the shelter usually drop to an all-time low.”
The Gift of Time
For people who would rather donate their time, Infurchia said there is also a large demand for volunteers. “Many volunteers become very busy with the holiday season and spend less time at the shelter or adoption center, thus many animals are caged more often than normal,” pointed out Furchia.
Full Sailors interested in volunteering for Pet Rescue by Judy should complete an online application. The rescue center will invite applicants to an orientation, and from there, they can sign up to volunteer in either Oviedo or Sanford.
“My family has been working closely with Pet Rescue by Judy for about five years now, volunteering at the Oviedo adoption center, but mostly fostering litters of puppies,” said Infurchia. “Our goal with this drive is to be able to supply Pet Rescue by Judy with some extra supplies this holiday season — because truly anything helps. We would also like to get the word out about the possibility of adopting an animal, volunteering with the shelter, or possibly even fostering.”
Infurchia said she and Moraitis believed the donation drive would be successful because they know many coworkers and students who are passionate about animals. “We know how loving the Full Sail community is, and we knew the students and staff would be very supportive and giving to this cause,” she said.
The following is a wish list of items needed by the shelter: puppy & dog food, kitten & cat food, cat litter, treats, newspaper, flashlights, clear sheet protectors, dry erase markers, 8.5 x 11 paper, Sharpies, liquid hand soap & hand sanitizer, Clorox & baby wipes, liquid laundry detergent, Lysol and Pine Sol, trash & ziplock bags, blankets & towels, collars/leashes/harnesses, dog & cat toys, latex gloves, flea & heartworm preventative, Greenies Pill Pockets, nail trimmers, Kongs & Nylabones, ear cleaner, flea & tick shampoo, Dawn dish soap, undershirts, paper towels, dog beds.