The Central Alberta Humane Society is cancelling its biggest fundraiser of the year due to COVID-19.
The charitable organization has announced it won’t go ahead with this year’s Garage Sale for Shelter.
“After much thought and consideration of later dates, we have decided that given the current health pandemic and government guidelines, we will not be able to go forward with our 2020 fundraising event,” a humane society statement said.
“Our sale welcomes over 500 people, and at this time, it would not be safe to go forward. We are greatly disappointed, as many of you are, but it is the best decision to make at this time.”
This event raises around $85,000 for animals in care, “so this is a huge loss of funding for us,” the statement said.
“We are not government funded, so fundraisers such as our garage sale are so important to help keep our doors open.
“That’s why we need you, central Alberta, to help make our Garage Sale for Shelter-Home Edition a success. Each year, we have so many wonderful donations come into our sale and we suspect many of our amazing supporters had items put aside to donate this year.”
The humane society is asking central Albertans to hold their own garage sales, if possible, while following appropriate social distancing and community guidelines, to help raise money for animals in care.
“Simply choose a date for your fundraiser and email email@example.com to let us know, so we can send you a poster to display.
“After your garage sale, you can donate your funds raised and receive a tax receipt for donations over $20.”
Donations are also welcome from anyone unable to host a garage sale.
For more information, or to donate, visit cahumane.com.