Fundraiser Ongoing For Ozone Park Shelter

BY LUIS GRONDA
Staff Writer

A month-long fundraiser to help a relatively new business get situated in the neighborhood is underway.

PS 65 in Ozone Park has launched an online campaign to give money to a nearby animal shelter, called the Liberty Avenue Heavenly Angels Animal Rescue, which houses animals from high-kill shelters, puppy mills and pets surrendered by its owners.

There are multiple reasons for helping out the shelter, according to Michelle Stango, a 4th grade teacher at the school among the organizers of the fundraiser.

First, they want to help the shelter get the supplies they need. Stango said the establishment has a wish list on Amazon.com for various items they would like to buy, including food for the dogs and cats it takes care of.

It also teaches the school’s children the “pillars of character,” as Stango called it. The school has been designated a community learning school and has fundraising projects to help out various community institutions.

“We want to teach them that it feels good to help others, even if you yourself don’t have,” she said.

Lori Carpino, the owner of the animal shelter, said a fundraiser like this will absolutely help them as they are in constant need of money and supplies.

According to Carpino, they take care of about 100 animals daily and their budget gets stretched thin on a daily basis because of the costs associated with caring for the animals, including food, grooming and any medical conditions they need to take care of.

“We never get ahead,” she said, adding that they also pay rent for their space. “The shelter is in a constant state of trouble.”

PS 65 is running the fundraiser online and at the school itself. Go to www.booster.com/ps65q to purchase a $15 T-shirt that will go towards the event.

Fifty-seven T-shirts have been sold as of press time, according to the website, surpassing their goal of selling 50 shirts in one week since it started. It will go on until the end of January.

Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 127, lgronda@queenstribune.com, or @luisgronda.