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Hardware Stores Collect Food for Homeless Pets

Ace Hardware stores in the Springfield, Massachusetts, area are collecting pet food for local humane societies and animal shelters.

Rocky’s Ace Hardware, a family-owned business, will collect the pet food through Dec. 23 at its nine stores in the Springfield area. A local radio show personality is making appearances at each of the stores to help promote the donation drive.

Last year, Rocky’s Ace Hardware collected more than 8,000 pounds of pet food, as well as animal toys and beds, from customers. The stores have each posted lists of items the animal shelters need so shoppers know what to donate. Rocky’s Ace Hardware is headquartered in Springfield, and owns 32 stores in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Florida.

Your store, too, could meet needs in your communities and offer opportunities for customers to give back during the holiday season by hosting creative donation drives or local celebrity visits.

About Kate Klein

Kate is profiles editor for Hardware Retailing magazine. She reports on news and industry events and writes about retailers' unique contributions to the independent home improvement sector. She graduated from Cedarville University in her home state of Ohio, where she earned a bachelor's degree in English and minored in creative writing. She loves being an aunt, teaching writing to kids, running, reading, farm living and, as Walt Whitman says, traveling the open road, “healthy, free, the world before me.”

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