Many of us attempt to find a good way to benefit an organization that helps other, while also doing what we love. Having the best of two worlds makes charity an even better experience for people. Claudia Morales, a senior at Howland High School found exactly this, helping an organization that helps animals.
The Menagerie Thrift and Gift Shop located in Howland, sells a variety of items to help benefit the Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County. From toys to vintage pottery, The Menagerie sells it all for the benefit of Trumbull County animals.
Mr. Eric England, an art teacher at Howland High School and Dorothy Ciccone, supervisor of The Menagerie asked talented Morales if she could create a couple of signs for the store, decorating and adding creativity. Morales accepted and worked throughout the summer and beginning of this school year to create the sings.
Morales explained that the signs were an excellent project because of the support and money the shop puts into local animals. She expressed her appreciation for the welfare of animals and the work of the Animal League. Another reason why Morales decided to take on the project was because of her specialty and talent for art. Morales plans to pursue an art career after high school.
Ciccone expressed her extreme gratitude to Morales for the signs, one of which reads "Christmas Year 'Round" that hangs over a room that holds a variety of Christmas materials. The sings add a sense of even more personalization and artistic spice to the store.
Anyone wanting to explore multiple different types of gifts and objects, and also benefit animals in their area should visit The Menagerie to shop around and admire Morales' artwork. Donations can also be made to the thrift shop and their website, themenagerie.corecommerce.com that presents examples of the multitude of materials that can be found there.