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Blessing Basket

Members of SkillsUSA collaborated with Anne Arundel County Animal Care to provide support and supplies to the organization.
Covenant Akinremi

Three students, Covenant Akinremi, Maya Doss and Laurel Coard, have spearheaded a community service project aimed at supporting homeless animals in need.

The project, named “The Blessing Basket,” saw the trio collaborating with Anne Arundel County Animal Care and Control to provide shelter and humane care for dogs awaiting their forever homes. These members embarked on a mission to make a difference in their community, recognizing the vital role played by Animal Care and Control in reuniting lost pets with their owners and facilitating adoptions, the organizers were determined to lend a helping hand.

Their efforts began with a fundraising campaign that involved reaching out to local businesses and conducting door-to-door visits to solicit donations. They raised $427  in donations, along with collecting approximately 40 towels and blankets to aid in the care of shelter animals.

“We wanted to do our part in alleviating the hardships faced by homeless animals,” Akinremi said, one of the project’s organizers. “Every donation, no matter how small, makes a difference in improving the lives of these animals while they await adoption.”

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Doss echoed this sentiment, emphasizing the importance of community involvement in supporting initiatives like, “The Blessing Basket.” With their fundraising goals met and supplies in hand, members delivered the donations to the local dog shelter in Severna Park, Maryland.

They provided assistance to Animal Care and Control but also served as a testament to the power of compassion and grassroots activism in effecting positive change.

As Coard reflected on the project’s success, she expressed gratitude for the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of shelter animals.

“Being able to contribute to the well-being of these animals has been incredibly rewarding,” Coard stated. “We hope that our efforts will inspire others to take action and support worthy causes in their communities.” 


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