VALPARAISO | A small discussion about helping storm victims turned into a big donation at the Vale Park Animal Hospital.
Dr. Mary Anne Sheller said talk in the clinic after Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast led to a discussion about what could be done to help the victims.
Employees decided to gather items for the hurricane's human and pet victims.
Hospital manager Jamie Ellis got the ball rolling by reaching out to executives at CR England, who agreed to donate a semitrailer to the cause and cover the cost of hauling the trailer to The Salvation Army in Trenton, N.J.
Sheller said an email went out to clients, and word started to spread in the community.
Samantha Schavey and Lisa Bessigano owned a L&S Resale, which was going out of business. The pair, who also deliver The Times, read an article about the effort and decided to donate all of the items in their store to the storm victims.
They were on hand Friday afternoon as Vale Park employees and other members of the community watched the now-full semitrailer get a police escort out of the city.
Ellis said she wasn't sure if their efforts could fill the 53-foot-long trailer, but employees, clients and other members of the community donated enough food, pet food, clothing, toiletries and furniture to fill it.