Saturday, December 29, 2012

Good Morning Good News, December 29, 2012

I need your Testimonials !!!

It’s time for us to put together our application for the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (3163) and the Combined Federal Campaign (77674). 

I need your help to QUALIFY !!!    Last year so many of you responded, it was a slam dunk.  WILL YOU HELP me this year? 

When you responded from all across the globe, from every state in the USA, YOU gave us our new and exciting NATIONAL / INTERNATIONAL recognition. 

Please take a few minutes to answer these five questions - with a few words - or a lengthy essay - in any way your heart directs.  EVERYTHING YOU SAY is meaningful to us.  If you have time for only one question or one sentence or one phrase - that’s fine.  Every word counts to help us win a great designation.

Please let us and the world know how we’re doing, how we’re helping and why you think Rikki’s Refuge is an important organization.  Live Unlimited of Virginia is our corporate name, Rikki’s Refuge is our 450 acre no-kill multi species sanctuary and wildlife sanctuary; Wild and Feral is our feral cat and TNR education division.

Thank YOU for making Rikki’s Refuge, Wild and Feral, and Life Unlimited of Virginia so successful in 2012 ....  just you wait till you see what’s coming up in 2013 !!!!  We are going to be even better than ever !!!

Please take a few minutes to answer these questions and email back to me.  Your words here mean our financial success in 2013 and beyond.   Our financial success means lives are saved and animals live happily ever after.  Please SHARE your thoughts with me.

How did Rikki’s Refuge HELP YOU or someone you know this year?

What does Rikki’s Refuge MEAN to you?

What is the MOST important thing Rikki’s Refuge did this year?

May we use YOUR name?  Nick name or “anonymous” is ok if you prefer.
Where do YOU live?

There’s ONE thing we all LIKE
      OK maybe TWO ....
YOU are number ONE
      and NUMS is number TWO
Thank you produce and pumpkin drivers, long distance haulers, nums drivers and Angel Tree Elfs !!!!

All of us just love getting produce in .........


or Small

WE eat it ALL

..... can we have fresh nums every day?

YES .... if only more volunteers would help ... 

Thank you to Melissa Felts, Alan Crandall, Mary Walker, Paul Erhard, Jon O’Connor, Sherry Eller for doing the Fredericksburg / Spotsylvania runs.  Thank you Bill Duran for doing the Alexandria and Merrifield runs.

YOU can help us have fresh nums every day, anywhere within a couple hours of Rikki’s - especially Alexandria and Merrifield  in Northern Virginia and Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania  ......  YOU can help pick up the leftovers from the produce and bakery at stores that we have contracts with ... and bring them out to the animals.     Let me know if you’d like to help

Just ask our produce haulers .... it’s the highlight of their day to feed the animals !!!

Here’s Doug sorting out the day’s produce
he’s got to take off all the plastic and metal and bags and ties .... and sort for the rabbits, the guinea pigs, the cows, the horses and the pigs .....  Somebody loves every single bite .... you just have to know who.

Would YOU be winning to volunteer one day a week to sort produce and hand it out to the rightful owner?  It’s up close and FUN work!

Kiki is always the first in line to get the bread

Pumpkins ....
if you doubt me check that sign!!!  This is what we still have from the Halloween Pumpkin Runs.  Good and nutritious ....  they’ll get some every day till they run out.

All you pumpkin haulers ..... let me know if you can help us haul other nums during the year !!!

Angel Trees
Thank you Katarina Galvin, thank you Angel Tree Elves, thank you merchants!!  It’s been another fabulously successful year.  AND Angel Trees will run thru January 1st ... so you’ve still got time to rush out and drop something under one of our trees.   Here’s where you’ll find Rikki’s Angel Trees

Rabbit Trees
.... excuse me guys .... I asked for RABBIT TREES not cat trees ......

So WHAT are Rabbit Trees?  You probably have one right there in your home you’d like to give up right now !!   The rabbits and guinea pigs like to play around in the branches of your old Christmas Tree !!!  They climb and they nibble and they play.  Instead of tossing it out - please bring your Christmas Tree to Rikki’s Refuge on Saturday January 5th during Donation Drop off from noon till 2 pm !!!  All the little guys will really appreciate it !!
Let me know you’re coming

More Trees
From Katarina Galvin of the Angel Trees .....  please keep an eye out for any 6 ft - 7.5 ft Christmas trees that are going on sale now after Christmas. The more trees we get on sale now the more we'll set up next year for Angel Trees and the more goodies we'll get.  Only need 6 ft  - 7.5 ft nothing smaller or bigger. Thank you !!!!  Let us know what you pick up and when you can bring them out.

Just LOOK at that Full Pantry !!!

This is what it looks like when we’re well stocked up and supplied.  It takes a huge amount of food and supplies to keep Rikki’s Running.  Several bottles of bleach everyday, most of a bottle of laundry detergent, bottles of dish soap.   Just imagine cleaning up for 1295 ... everyday .... and they don’t even wipe their feet off before coming inside !!!

Thank you for making this possible thru your Angel Tree and Christmas Day donations.  Thank you Don Smith and family for making it all neat and clean and organized !!!

Last Minute End of Year

We have a goal and need your help to get there.  Time is running out on our $22,222.22 DOUBLE YOUR DOLLAR donation challenge.  Up to $22,222.22 in donations will be matched by some very special and generous donors.  We want to do everything we did in 2012 again in 2013 ... and have goals of doing even more and helping more animals.

Would you help us meet that goal?  What ever you can comfortably donate to help us, will be DOUBLED, but only for a little longer.  All donations are TAX DEDUCTIBLE. 

Every penny short of the $22,222.22 challenge .... is like two pennies the animals have lost ..

Read all about the challenge and see what Rikki’s was like in the beginning, compare before and after pictures.

Rikki’s Refuge NEEDS YOUR support to operate !!!  Thank you. 

Plea for Pana
Our doc is on her way right now to volunteer some time and take some supplies to the Speuter Clinic YOU helped us get running in Pana, Guatemala way back in 2008!  Did you think it’d be going more and more successful every year ???  Or did you think it was a one time effort?  Well it’s only gotten better and better with more and more vets in Guatemala learning quick speuter surgeries to help the animals.  The clinic also offers vaccinations, parasite treatments and as much help as YOU make possible. 

If you’d like to donate a few bucks .. which go a long long way in Pana ..  please use this link and comment that it’s for Pana.  I’m sorry but these donations do not qualify for doubling.  Only funds specifically designated for Pana can be used for the Speuter Clinic there.

Thank you for helping animals everywhere.

Christmas Tour
The Christmas Tour was fabulous !!!  Thank you all who came out and volunteered the week before getting things set up.  especially Kathy Doucette, Kim Doucette, Joe Callahan, Jan Chetnik, Laurie Karnay and Katarina Galvin. 

Thank you for all your had volunteer work on Christmas Day too.  Especially Jan Chetnik for organizing the whole thing.  Dennis Bane for logging and putting away truck load after truck load of donations.  Laurie Karnay (mom got to drive the Toyota for handicap touring on your tour and she says you’re a fabulous tour guide), Ken Licklighter and everyone else who gave tours --- so sorry, I was so busy hugging necks I didn’t get to talk to everybody.  Thank you Gina Licklighter for cleaning Rikki’s North during the tour !!!  That kitchen sparkles !!!  Thank you all volunteers for helping with registration, driving, and all the before, during and after work that goes into the tour.

Thank you photographers Ken Licklighter, Lynette Lauer and Wendy Ingalls, you got some great shots.  If anyone else got pictures, please send them along.  I want to do a big poster on Christmas 2012 at Rikki’s Refuge.  Thanks EVERYONE !!!

This is my and my GreatGrandPa and Timmy with our GrandPa

Thank you for even the smallest donation for my
          Double Challenge ....
You do know now ...
          that ONE DOLLAR will make EIGHT MEALS ....
                    WOW this is wonderful
We’re only about 1/3 of the way towards meeting our challenge .... 
please don’t let the animals lose any funding !!!

Thank you !!!
We love you so much !!!
Opie and Timmy

PS check out the new look on the front page of the blog -- to the right --- see what’s new???