Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, another holiday or no holidays at all, caring and giving are always in season. This year I was honored to take part in the Third Annual Jeffrey’s Joy of Giving Donation Drive sponsored by Jeffrey the Positively Peaceful Pit Bull and his mom Michele.
For those who have read “Loyalty Unleashed II,” you already know Jeffrey’s story. For those who have not, Jeffrey was adopted from the Manhattan, NY Animal Care and Control Center after being found abandoned in a park. He was literally minutes from death when he was saved thanks to the heroic efforts of Michele and a number of other people. These people all came together to save one dog and because of this one dog, they became a family.
As for Jeffrey, he went on to accomplish extraordinary things. Among his achievements - he is an American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen, a Pet Partners Registered Therapy, Dog, a Reiki Attuned Canine and an all-around good will ambassador who is universally adored by all who have the privilege of knowing him.
Each year Jeffrey and Michele host Jeffrey’s Joy of Giving as a way of showing gratitude and giving back to the community. This year food and clothing were collected for the Beth-El Shelter of Milford, CT, monetary donations will be made to Collide NY and the Beyond Breed Ruff Riders Program and pet food and supplies were collected for area community outreach programs.
As donations poured in throughout the day, one could not help but be in awe of how one person and one dog can make such an enormous difference for so many.
Jeffrey’s Joy of Giving serves as an inspiration for all of us to go out and do something to make the world a little better for those who are less fortunate. Jeffrey was given the gift of life and he and Michele are certainly making the most of it and are more than happy to pay it forward.
Photo credits Jeffrey the Positively Peaceful Pit Bull and Michele Houston