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PetSmart donates stuffed animals to United Way

Taking part in the presentation of the donations are, from left, Brett Jones, Mid-Coast Family Services; Dolly Stokes, Victoria County United Way; Kelly Johnson, PetSmart; Regina May, Golden Crescent CASA; and Stacey Milberger, Victoria Adult Literacy Council.

PetSmart employees and customers donated giant bags of stuffed animals to the Victoria County United Way for distribution to children over the holidays and throughout the year.

The toys are given to children through Mid-Coast Family Services, Golden Crescent CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), the Victoria Adult Literacy Council, Gulf Bend Center STAR Family Services, Perpetual Help Home and other agencies helping children.

"We love bringing smiles to children through one of these gifts," said Kelly Johnson, PetSmart store manager. "This is one way our customers, employees and the company support our community."

The stuffed animals are provided by customers and employees who purchased one or gave 10 percent of the purchase price to PetSmart Charities.

Victoria County United Way is supported by contributions from individuals, small businesses, large companies and employees throughout the area to help people in need. Dolly Stokes, executive director, noted, "This is a very special donation that immediately brings comfort to children in difficult circumstances. We very much appreciate PetSmart and its customers for this generous gift."

Victoria County United Way creates opportunities for everyone to become involved in the building blocks of a good life: helping individuals achieve their potential, helping families become stable and independent and improving people's health. To be a part of this change, contact Victoria County United Way at 361-578-3561 or