The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the financial situation of many people has been significant; a fact evidenced by a proliferation of “blessing boxes”, which are small cupboards filled with food and other items that anyone in need can come and take.
However, people are not the only ones affected by soaring food prices. Unfortunately, in many cases, their pets are also being impacted by record inflation, supply chain issues, and other headline-grabbing post-pandemic economic fallout.
A new initiative from Lehigh Valley Animal Crematory Services Inc. in Hellertown seeks to address the growing problem of pet owners struggling to make ends meet at a time when pet adoption rates from shelters – fortunately – remain robust.
Deals, which is located at 415 Front Street in Hellertown, held a groundbreaking ceremony for its brand new Animal Rainbow blessing box on Wednesday, attended by two-legged friends and a few four-legged friends. Also in attendance were local donors involved in the pet food industry, including Nichole Repyneck Malone, representative of Royal Canin, who, together with Tony El Chaar of the Chaar pet food chain, made donation of items to help fill the overflow box on the occasion of its inauguration.
Director Nathan Kamp presided over the grand opening event, along with other employees of Lehigh Valley Animal Crematory Services Inc., part of a family of businesses owned and operated by Hellertown Mayor David Heintzelman. Other businesses that are part of the group include Heintzelman Funeral Home Inc. and the Carriage House at Heintzelmans, both located nearby.
“We would definitely like to thank everyone for today’s donation,” Kamp said. “This is the start of a new community enterprise focused on our animals. Donations are accepted from the community. Take some too, and definitely give some.
Pastor Phil Spohn of Christ Lutheran Hellertown delivered the blessing to the bright yellow box before attendees were invited inside for a reception.
Christ Lutheran houses a blessing box for people; one of at least half a dozen in the Hellertown area.
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