There is plenty of activity this holiday season at the Apache Junction Public Library.
Holiday donation drives at the library assist the area’s homeless and underserved
Socks are one of the most requested items among the homeless population who may walk for miles daily leading to socks that are worn, dirty and damp. Not only is this uncomfortable, it’s unhealthy and many don’t have the luxury of washing or changing their clothes. Through Jan. 8, the library will collect new, white crew socks for the Genesis Project — a faith based community effort dedicated to feeding, clothing and hydrating the hungry and the homeless of northern Pinal County. To learn more about the Genesis Project visit their website: https://www.genesisprojectaz.com/
For the third year, the library joins with Apache Junction Paws & Claws Care Center to collect donations for the city’s homeless pets this holiday season. Through Jan. 8, the library will collect cleaning and pet supply donations for animals at the city’s open-admission shelter. The shelter serves a vital role in rescuing pets in need and among its many services it offers housing and second chances for abandoned pets, none of whom are turned away. It also protects public health and safety by enforcing laws and ordinances, responding to complaints of animal abuse, and working with a dozen rescue and welfare partners to find loving homes for homeless animals.
“So far in 2021 we have taken in almost 2,000 animals from within the community,” said care center manager Lori Erlandson. “We are slightly higher on intakes as compared to last year and unfortunately, adoptions have slowed down for shelter pets across the valley. We are always so grateful for the community support that allows us to continue to provide safe, comfortable housing for our shelter animals.”
Want to participate, but don’t know what to donate? PCCC provided a wish list to help guide you:
- Kitty litter
- Cleaning supplies
- Canned food (cat, dog, puppy and kitten)
- Peanut butter
- Poop bags
- Leashes & collars
- Kong toys
- Cat and dog treats
- Dryer sheets
Holiday festivities at the library
Welcome to the easiest way to add bling to your garden or flowerpot accents. These easy-to-assemble fairy wands add glimmering sparkle to spruce up any garden. Select from an array of dazzling beads, charms and toppers to make that perfect holiday craft. If you would love to welcome the fairies to your home, then come join us for a delightful hour of creativity and imagination. All supplies are provided. Limit one fairy wand per person. Minimum age is 12 years old. Seating is limited; call to make your reservations. Saturday, Dec. 4, 10 – 11 a.m
On Saturday, Dec. 11, join us for a day of holiday merriment with activities for all ages, including a performance by the Apache Junction High School Jazz Band, a puppet show, crafts, a baking demonstration, cookie decorating and a visit from Santa! Festivities begin at 10 a.m. For more information, call (480) 474-8555.