PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – This Counting Kindness comes as a result of a viewer e-mail. It came from the CEO of Operation Save a Shelter Dog in Zuni. She shared a touching story with me about a woman who raises money for her rescue on a regular basis. Her name is Vikki Broyles.
Vikki spent 12 years as the caregiver to her cancer stricken husband until he passed away. She was so devastated when he died. Did not want to go on. A friend came over, got her out of bed and taught her how to make wreaths! That’s how this whole thing began. More sadness wound up coming Vikki’s way. Her husband’s service dog died and that reignited the sadness of his death. After swearing off getting any more animals, she met Rudy. Rudy was rescued by Operation Save a Shelter Dog and when Vikki met him, it was kismet. She feels like they saved each other. Ever since, Vikki has been making and selling wreaths for Operation Save a Shelter Dog. The wreaths have all sorts of themes…animals, sports, holidays and more. About 200 dollars a month is donated as a result of wreath sales. Vikki does not make a penny. Julia Buie, the CEO of the non-profit says “This woman is a blessing to us and our dogs and that she’s wanting to keep us as a monthly recipient is one of the most generous things I have encountered.”
You see, Operation Save a Shelter Dog plucks canines from shelters that, ordinarily, would not have a chance of being adopted. Many are sick with serious physical issues and high medical bills. So, regular donations from people like Vikki are what the rescue depends upon.
If you would like to see Vikki’s work, visit her Facebook page – Vikki’s Wreaths By Design
While you’re there, take a look at the page for Operation Save a Shelter Dog.
You might find a new holiday wreath and a new best friend.
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