It was the final day of donations for what may be one of the most unique, local fundraising efforts in recent memory. It involves a talking dog, known affectionately as "Mr. Kippers," who is spearheading a one man - errr - a one canine effort to help south Louisiana flood victims - of the 4-legged variety.
Mr. Kippers is usually the face of "Classic Kippers." It's a business that sells bow-ties to raise money for dog rescues. Just last week, the animal rescue donated pet supplies to Denham Springs. Now, they're at it again, this time collecting donations for St. Landry Parish.
A new campaign requires a new Facebook video, this time featuring Ms. Sophie Peach, a fellow English Bull Terrier and Mr. Kippers' most trusted lieutenant. They've put aside the bow-ties for the moment, sold by the business "Classic Kippers." It raises money to help other abused, neglected and abandoned animals.
Instead, their latest mission will now deliver pet supplies for flood victims in St. Landry Parish, after learning of their troubles during their first pet supply run to Denham Springs last week.
Amanda Clingan told us, "Then St. Landry called and said that they were so overflowing with animals that if they did not get runs and crates they were going to have to start euthanizing animals."
Clingan rescued Mr. Kippers three and a half years ago from south Louisiana and created the whole concept of "Classic Kippers." When she heard of the situation in St. Landry Parish she knew they had to act again - and fast - to help all those animals in need. She calls this the Kippers Express Flood Relief Effort: Part Two.
While the first supply run of 9-thousand pounds left last week, the second run could be more than 10-thousand pounds. The delivery truck arrives on Monday, August 29. And that's when the packing up starts. And they leave bright and early on Tuesday morning.
On this final day of donations this Sunday, we met Louise Benoit who had to get creative with her small convertible to get a crate to Kippers' Express Drop Off. It's an effort important to Benoit. "Because I love my animals more than I do most people. So, we'll leave it at that," said a grinning Benoit.
As for Mr. Kippers' mom, Amanda Clingan, she's just grateful to all the donors, large and small... for making this final delivery down south a reality. Clingan said just getting the supplies down south is one of the biggest challenges. That's why she's so grateful to Chinaberry's, in Bossier City, for donating the use of their truck and a crew, once again.
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