Coins for Canines - Assistant Dogs

$3,845 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 77 people in 31 months
Karen Reed Parete  OAK RIDGE, NJ

Hi, my name is Lindsey and I have an amazing service dog named Blaze.

Four years ago, I met my best friend and service dog in Milton, GA where I traveled to Canine Assistants to get my dog. There was no cost to me or my family to go to Milton for the two weeks of training. My dog was sponsored by a group from Long Island who raised enough money to cover all of the expenses.

Blaze gives me the security and support I need to make every day awesome and has become my best friend! I can't imagine my life without her. We even got our picture on a Canine Assistants promotional video.

Now, I want to pay it forward by teaming up with the help of Mickey's Kids Charitable Foundation. I have set a goal here in Jefferson Township, where I go to middle school, to raise $5,000. When we meet our goal, we will combine our monies along with Mickey's Kids Foundation's $20,000 to place a service dog here in Northern New Jersey.

Blaze and I would really appreciate it if you can help us reach our goal to help place a service dog with another disabled child right here in Northern New Jersey. Please donate here today, no amount is too small.

Blaze and I thank you for any help you are able to give.

****Blaze and I at White Rock School after we gave our 'Coins for Canines' presentation to the students and staff. We were helped by Murray, the school's therapy dog that we used to see everyday when I went there.  (Blaze is asking her 'dog friends' for help too)

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Update 5
29 months ago

Hello friends!

We are thrilled to report our Coins for Canines campaign was an AMAZING success.
Words cannot express our thanks to everyone who joined us in raising funds for Mickey's Kids Charitable Foundation and Canine Assistants so another person in northern New Jersey can get a service dog as wonderful as our Blaze.

On March 28th we attended the Mickey's Kids Charitable Foundation annual gala and presented them with a check for $10,115.43! Yes, you read that correctly, your kindness and donation allowed us to DOUBLE our goal of $5000.00. We also announced the name voted on by the students of Jefferson and Lindsey for a puppy at Canine Assistants. We voted on Goldie!

You are all AWESOME! We are truly humbled and overwhelmed by the outpouring of your generosity.

Simply saying "thank you" seems inadequate but know that your contribution will make a life changing impact on a local family and the depth of our personal thanks is unmeasurable.

Our warmest wishes,
The Parete Family

*We are already envisioning next years fundraising campaign and your future contributions will be applied to the 2015 event
Lindsey presenting check for $10,115.43.
Lindsey and Blaze at the gala
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Update 4
31 months ago

You are AWESOME! You have helped us reach 65% of our goal. We continue to work hard on the local 'coins' part of our campaign and will update you when we tally those coins up!

Thank you for your continued support and hope you share our campaign with anyone who might want to chip in on this great cause!

Blaze and Lindsey

*Picture - Blaze and I (and our Girl Scout troop) collected food for our local pantry in the freezing cold yesterday.
Blaze and I at local food drive
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Update 3
31 months ago

Your AMAZING support has almost brought us to reaching our halfway mark! We can't say thanks enough, but know we are working extra hard to get the rest of the way. THANKS!
Almost to the halfway point!
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Update 2
31 months ago

The 'Coins for Canines Crew' took a break from fund raising today and went sleigh riding. WHEW are we whooped!

Blaze and I were joined by my twin sister Emily and our awesome friends Lauryn and Lynnae! Blaze loves the snow as much as we do but didn't seem to get as cold as we did!

We are recharged and ready for another week of getting our message out about raising funds for our campaign!

Thank you all for your support and we are doing our very best to reach our goal!

Lindsey & Blaze
Lauryn, Lindsey, Emily, Lynnae & Blaze
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$3,845 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 77 people in 31 months
Created February 11, 2014
Karen Reed Parete  
JOHN Sabine
30 months ago

Good Luck!! From one dog lover to another!! Erica & Katie Mack's uncle.

Mack Family
30 months ago

What a beautiful way to pay it forward! Good Job!

Peterson Family
30 months ago

Lindsey, It really is wonderful that you are helping other people. We hope you reach ALL your goals. Bob, Megan, Bobby, Brynn, Layne and Max

Marge Mason
31 months ago
Julia Sanders
31 months ago

Glad to help with this great cause!

Donna Piela
31 months ago
Nancy Carver
31 months ago

Great work!

The Postlewaites
31 months ago
Debbie's DevotionIn-Pet Sitting/ Deb Wussler
31 months ago
Jean Rossell
31 months ago

Keep up the good work!!

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