MIDDLEPORT — The month-long fund drive conducted by Bitanga’s Martial Arts Center generated a considerable amount of food for dogs and cats.
The majority of donations were brought in by karate students and their families residing throughout the area. The community at large was also supportive. Approximately $200 in cash and checks, along with several hundred pounds of food and other items, were collected for the benefit of the Humane Society of Meigs County.
Eight-year-old karate student Joey Li, of Gallipolis, son of Dr. and Cheryl Li, of Holzer Hospital, opened a lemonade stand at his own expense and sold more than $30 worth of lemonade in a weekend, which he also contributed, along with several dollars of his own allowance money.
Another contributer, Julia Houston, former Middleport council member and candidate for mayor, has been very supportive of this effort. Honorable mention goes to Ben Nease, Eric Chambers and Cindy Bowling. Don Bitanga, of the Martial Arts Center, has recently written an 181-page pro-dog published work that has been highly regarded. Several copies of the book, titled “Your Dog Speaks to You,” were donated to the Humane Society. All proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to animal rights organizations.
The goal of the funding drive has been to provide nutritional care for animals in need, and, in particular, for assistance to animals in emergency situations.
The Humane Society of Meigs County says has maintained a consistent record of bringing comfort and help to countless numbers of animals throughout the region.