If you read this column regularly, you know I often write about support for causes that help animals.
My favorite dog charity is North Mecklenburg Animal Rescue, since my husband gave me a puppy, Daisy, for Valentine's Day 2009. He got Daisy from NMAR.
This private, donation-funded, no-kill rescue takes in any stray dog or puppy and tries to save it and find it a forever home. Because of a flood, NMAR had to move, which meant buying new property and building basic outdoor kennels. It now needs money to build an indoor shelter with indoor-outdoor runs, a quarantine room for puppies and storage for medical supplies.
NMAR needs your help again in raising this money, but this time the help is incredibly easy to give: You don't even have to leave your home.
In case you haven't seen the TV commercials, Pepsi is giving grants to "people, businesses and nonprofits with ideas that will have a positive impact." Once a grant is submitted and approved, people go to the grant Web site and vote on which organization should receive the money. The top 10 vote-getters receive grants.
NMAR already has been selected to compete for a $50,000 grant but is in 22nd place. You can vote once a day; voting ends April 30. To vote for NMAR, go to www.refresheverything.com/northmecklenburganimalrescue.
However, NMAR wants to make it easy for you. If you send your e-mail address to nmeckanimalrescue@yahoo. com , volunteers will go online and vote for you every day. So please lend a hand so NMAR can help the dogs and puppies.
Sasha Cairon's fame grows
A few weeks ago, I wrote about 17-year-old cashier Sasha Cairon, who said her claim to fame was that she knew all the produce codes at Harris Teeter. Sasha came to me last week to tell me of her new celebrity status.
"So that day the article actually came out, I had work from about 9 to 3, and no one I work with said anything to me about the article," she said. "...Some lady comes into my (cashier's) line with like a ton of groceries and her and her kids, and she's putting the groceries on the (conveyor belt) and she sees my nametag and says, 'Are you the Sasha I read about this morning?'
"And I said, 'I think I am.'
"And she said, 'Oh, my gosh. You're famous! Have you read it yet?'
"I said, 'No, I'm here at work. I'm here all day.' "
All day that Sunday, she said, people kept getting in her checkout line, telling her she was in the Observer and giving her compliments. Later that day, Sasha's dad came into Harris Teeter to buy a copy of the paper.
"When I got home, I read it, and I was super-excited," Sasha said. "The next day, my mom's friend left a voicemail. She said, 'We completely agree. Sasha is such a sweet girl, and she's so smart.' My mom and I listened to it, then my sister listened, then we took the phone down to my dad so he could hear it.
"My little sister's carpool cut it out of the paper to give to me, so we have a bunch of copies."
Sasha said she's still legendary at the Harris Teeter, "even now when the newspaper article was forever ago ... Fruits have seasons, so I have to know all the codes of the spring fruits. I forgot the numbers for black plums, and I asked the guy bagging groceries what the code was for black plums. He said, 'Shouldn't you know? You're the newspaper star.' People still ask me about it."
Also in the previous column, Sasha debated getting a tattoo.
"Oh, and I've changed my mind about that," she said. "Now I want to get my nose pierced."
Well done, Olivia Reilly
Happy birthday to Olivia Reilly, who recently turned 7. Again, like last year, instead of asking friends and family to bring her presents to her birthday party, Olivia asked guests to bring donations to her favorite rescue group, Catering to Cats and Dogs. Congratulations to such a generous little girl!