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CHEER receives grant from Meals on Wheels of America in the amount of $2,500

CHEER was the recipient of a $2,500 grant in June of 2016 to expand our “Paw Prints Making a Difference” through a generous donation from the Meals on Wheels Loves Pets Grant. We are pleased to say with these funds we will be able to meet the needs of 260 seniors and their furry companions. Along with our annual Paw Prints making a Difference and funding from Meals on Wheels of America our goals are within reach.                                   

CHEER held the first Paw Prints event on Make a Difference Day in 2006. In addition to funds raised through participant entrance fees, CHEER solicited product donations from pet food companies and program support from local pet-related businesses and clubs. As a result, CHEER was able to provide pet food twice annually to Meals on Wheels clients. CHEER also gained the continuing support of the local Mispillion Kennel Club CHEER added the support of the Savannah Animal Hospital in Lewes, Delaware and the Millville Pet Stop and Beaver Dam pet Foods and The Band field Pet Hospital in Salisbury Maryland and Pet Valu from Georgetown, Delaware                                                   


CHEER became aware of the need to add pet food to the delivery for Meals on Wheels clients through our network of volunteers. Volunteers would notice the meal container from the previous day on the floor of the senior’s home where the meal for the client had been shared with the beloved pet. The volunteer then reports to the Center Director who contacts the Outreach worker, a nurse in our Home Services program, who then responds to the senior. Rather than have the client sacrifice needed nutrition and daily calories, CHEER began adding pet food deliveries on an emergency basis when funds were available.

We strive to assist whenever needed. Our goal is to meet the needs of 200 pets by providing pet food assistance at 4 times a year. With additional funding, we were able to meet this goal and actually exceeded it in 2015. 

Our organization’s mission is to keep seniors healthy and in their homes for as long as possible. Maintaining a high quality of life is important for a senior’s health and pets offer emotional contact and companionship for homebound seniors. When we provide pet food, we are reducing the stress a senior feels when they are unable to financially provide food for their best friend. We are enabling a senior to eat their own meal without sacrificing their health for that of their companion.





Thursday, July 21, 2016