Author Mary McFarland recently donated her book signing proceeds to the Fife Avenue Clinton County Humane Society (CCHS).
The July 24 book signing, held at the General Denver, “Was a huge success,” McFarland said. “Thanks to my friends and the generosity of all who attended, I’m making a difference in the lives of pets who are unable to be cared for properly due to the downturn in the economy.”
The Ohio-based award-winning author of “Jump the Line” met with CCHS Director Connie Bailey and CCHS volunteers to personally deliver a donation of $500. “It doesn’t seem like a lot,” McFarland said, “but it felt so good to give back to Wilmington and to know that my little bit helps the many pets in need.”
Prior to choosing to donate her book sales proceeds to CCHS, McFarland had met Bailey and the volunteers and pets.
“I enjoyed the tour,” McFarland said, noting that the facility is “clean, friendly, and well-run.” McFarland was advised by Bailey that CCHS is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, so many mistakenly believe it receives federal funding. “Not true,” McFarland says.
According to Bailey, “CCHS needs all the help it can get. CCHS receives no government funds, and resources and funds are stretched thin due to increasing pet population and escalating costs.”
McFarland, already working on the sequel to “Jump the Line”, encourages everyone to “dig deep, as deep as you can, and then deeper,” to support the volunteers who donate time from their busy lives to keep the CCHS running smoothly.
“These are good folks doing good work in our community. They deserve our help.” McFarland is also working with the Humane Society in Adams County to launch a workshop program called Hairy Tales.
“Kids get to meet their adoptee hero doggie or kitty, they’re given a scenario in which the pet is imperiled, and then asked to write a rescue story. These stories will be published and used in libraries’ summer reading programs.”
McFarland will be launching several books in 2016, “including a fantasy, plus a mystery called The Great Chicken Caper,” she said. In 2017, she plans to launch books in the mainstream suspense and literary fiction genres.
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