Friends raise money to help local animal shelter

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  • Photos by Mandi Bateman The Valentine’s Day Charity Bake Sale was held at Super 1 Foods on Saturday, Feb. 10, raising more than $1,000 for Second Chance Animal Adoption.

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    Cheryl Britton presents the check to the Second Chance Animal Adoption. From left: Lori Werder, Anitre Skeen, Melody Moore, Cheryl Britton and Aino Leighton.

  • Photos by Mandi Bateman The Valentine’s Day Charity Bake Sale was held at Super 1 Foods on Saturday, Feb. 10, raising more than $1,000 for Second Chance Animal Adoption.

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    Cheryl Britton presents the check to the Second Chance Animal Adoption. From left: Lori Werder, Anitre Skeen, Melody Moore, Cheryl Britton and Aino Leighton.

BONNERS FERRY — They haven’t come up with a name for themselves yet, but one small group of ladies are making a name for themselves anyway.

Cheryl Britton had made some friends in town.

“I knew all three of them. We decided to meet for lunch and I introduced them all to each other and we all kind of hit it off,” said Britton. “Everyone had Facebooked each other and all that. The next time I said why don’t you all exchange phone numbers.”

The new group of friends were getting to know each other when Britton formulated a plan.

“It was just an idea, it really was,” said Britton. “I kind of spread it around to the girls, and they all seemed to be in on it, so we got together and this is what came out of it.”

The fledgling group each owned pets, and they thought that they could get together and hold a bake sale, donating the proceeds to Second Chance Animal Adoption.

The idea transformed into the Valentine’s Day Charity Bake Sale that was held at Super 1 Foods on Saturday, Feb. 10. From 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the ladies offered a wide variety of goodies that they had baked, including sugar free and gluten free versions.

They also raffled off a $20 Super 1 Foods gift card, that was won by Carol Puetz, and a Shrade Old Timer Bowie Knife that went home with lucky winner David Wilson. To keep with the Valentine’s Day theme, they had a jar filled with 822 sweetheart candies and held a contest to see who could guess the closest. Teresa Skeen was the winner with her guess of 800.

People were also welcome to donate pet food or supplies, and the ladies were happy to receive a 20 pound bag of Purina dog food, a 13 pound bag of Purina cat food, and two bags of Purina Bella small dog food.

The bake sale was much more of a success than Britton had anticipated, bringing in $1072, with 100 percent of the proceeds going directly to Second Chance.

“I had no idea that we would make as much as we made,” said Britton. “I think that we did really good. I couldn’t believe it.”

The generosity of the community showed through, with one lady buying a cookie for $40.

On Valentine’s Day, Britton presented the check to Second Chance. Aino Leighton, who has been with Second Chance for six year, accepted the check.

“I think that it will cover many areas, the dogs as well as the cats, of course,” said Leighton. “It will cover food and pellets. I am so amazed.”

The as of yet unnamed group of ladies were encouraged by the results, and have decided to use their new found power to do more good in the community. With all of the causes out there that could use some helping angels, the ladies will be looking for the next one.

“We are going to kind of pick and choose,” said Britton.

It all started as just an idea, and now thanks to a caring group, and some hard work, animals in need will be eating good.

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