Humane Society adds ‘blessing box’

Pictured are St. Francis Blessing Box artist Gina Hampson holding adoptable “Kade” and box creator John Payne. (Submitted photo)

SALEM — The Humane Society of Columbiana County (HSCC), with the help of volunteers, has placed a “blessing box” outside the office of the animal shelter located at 1825 S.Lincoln Ave., Salem. The blessing box was installed to afford an opportunity that donations for direct animal care such as kitty litter, treats, canned foods, to be left on a 24/7 basis.

The idea sprang from Ann Payne hearing about churches having blessing boxes for people in the community to leave supplies for those in need. She mentioned to her husband John that such a donation box for the animals at the shelter would be a benefit and that it should be called St. Francis Blessing Box.

John thought it was good idea, and with the approval of the HSCC board, John designed, built and installed the blessing box. He then called Gina Hampson of the Burning Brush Studio to inquire if she would be interested in painting the mural and she graciously agreed to do so.

Shelter volunteers will check for these much needed and appreciated supplies each day. All supplies will benefit pets in need in Columbiana County and beyond.

HSCC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that operates solely by donation and is independent and not affiliated with any national or governmental agency. For more information call 330-332-2600.