NEWS-PRESS 2007 HOLIDAY FUND IS SET

SCOTT STEEPLETON, NEWS-PRESS ASSOCIATE EDITOR
October 15, 2007 10:37 AM

A nonprofit organization dedicated to making life better for abandoned cats and another whose focus is on people in need can expect to see the kitty get a boost this year thanks to the News-Press Holiday Fund.

RESQCATS and Unity Shoppe have been selected as the beneficiaries of the paper's 2007 fundraising drive.

The fund, now in its 60th year, has given more than $2 million to local charities since its inception because of the generosity of businesses, individuals and others. The highlight and official kick-off of the drive, which runs through New Year's Day, is the Lifetime Achievement Awards banquet, this year set for Nov. 17 at Bacara Resort & Spa.

Jeffyne Telson, president of RESQCATS, http://www.resqcats.org, says that God outdid himself when he created cats.

Many of the animals she sees arrive frightened and in need of socialization -- and when they get what they need, cats respond like no other animal.

Many of the people who come calling have lost a cat and are looking for another "purrfect" friend. "They are sometimes filled with grief," she says. "They miss having a kitty around to give the unconditional love they are so good at bestowing upon us."

Whatever the motivation, she says, anytime someone calls to adopt a cat is a good thing.

"Whether the reason for thinking of adopting a cat or kitten is the loss of your own or the desire to give a furry friend a good home, I would love to hear from you."

The other Holiday Fund beneficiary is Unity Shoppe, a nonprofit organization that has been helping those in need for 90 years.

A hallmark of its work for the community is a "store" where individuals and families can shop for the daily goods they need.

The idea behind Unity Shoppe, 1219 State St., is that by providing the basics -- shelter, food, clothing -- you prevent homelessness and welfare dependency.

Its year-round free grocery and clothing store distributes more than $2 million in merchandise each year. Some of those items include school clothing that is provided to more than 7,800 children annually.

But a handout is just one of the things Unity Shoppe offers. Participants can also learn skills that can prepare them for work.

Unity Shoppe, http://www.unityshoppe.org , sees more than 14,000 people a year, all referred by nonprofit agencies, churches, schools and hospitals.

All of the money raised through the Holiday Fund goes to the designated charities. Throughout the drive, the News-Press publishes the names of donors.

Full profiles of the charities will be published in upcoming editions of the News-Press.

E-mail: ssteepleton@newspress.com


RESQCATS
RESQCATS is a non-profit cat sanctuary located in Santa Barbara, California, dedicated to the rescue, care and adoption ofabandoned cats and kittens.


THE UNITY SHOPPE
The Unity Shoppe is a 501 (c)(3) Public Benefit Corpora-tion that encourages self-sufficiency and independence by providing education and the necessities of life to families, children, seniors and persons with disabilities during periodic times of crisis. These necessities are provided in a dignified manner without regard to political affiliation, religious belief or ethnic identity.

News-Press Holiday Fund
The News-Press Holiday Fund was established in 1949 by former News-Press owner Thomas Storke, who was shocked at the cost of a wheelchair after he broke his leg. Since then, the fund has brought in more than $2 million in donations.
All of the money raised goes to the charities. Throughout the drive, the News-Press periodically publishes the names of donors. Contributions may be mailed to: News-Press Holiday Fund, P.O. Box 1359, Santa Barbara 93102-1359.

You should know
RESQCATS
PO Box 3852 Santa Barbara, California
To inquire about the cats and kittens we have for adoption or to become a sponsor or volunteer please call 805-563-9424.
Website: http://www.resqcats.org

THE UNITY SHOPPE
1219 State Street, Santa Barbara, California 93101
805-965-4122 - TOLL FREE : 1-800-252-8542
DONATION DROP OFFS : 1236 CHAPALA STREET SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA 93101
805-965-4122
Website: http://www.unityshoppe.org


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