On May 28, the Bastrop County Young Republicans delivered over a thousand pounds of food to the Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry and Bastrop County Animal Shelter. BCYR worked since January to collect these donations from the community. The community’s generous donations filled the second story of their historic headquarters.
BCYR collected 1,169 pounds of food for the food pantry. In addition, $250 cash was donated which will purchase approximately 1,500 pounds of canned goods. The drive was well-timed to stock the shelves for summer, which can be the neediest months of the year with children out of school.
Additionally, for the last 3 years, BCYR has also made it a priority to collect food and supplies for the animal shelter. This year, a total of 900 pounds in donations of dog and cat food and cleaning supplies was collected. Bastrop County animal services director Ashley Hermans stated these donations would “last probably about a week. We go through tremendous amounts of donations.” As an organization that relies solely upon donations, she expressed her appreciation for BCYR’s continued support. Ashley Hermans was joined by Pct. 4 County Commissioner Donna Snowden to receive the donations and give a tour of the new surgical spay and neuter center. “We do depend on these donations,” Commissioner Snowden said. “The animal shelter is in the best shape it has ever been.”
BCYR has led food drives for the Emergency Food Pantry five times and for the animal shelter three times. This year’s collected donations broke previous records for both organizations. BCYR Chairman Jarrett A. Namken, who headed up the initiative stated, “We believe that giving to people by voluntary means is raising the standard of living for the individual in our community.”
The Bastrop County Young Republicans thank the community for their participation and continued support of these vital organizations. They hope their efforts will continue to unite the community, help those in need, and provide an example for local involvement.