‘Blessing Box’ placed at Humane Society

Pictured are artist Gina Hampson (left) holding adoptable “Kade” and “Blessing Box” creator John Payne outside the animal shelter in Salem. (Submitted photo)

SALEM — The Humane Society of Columbiana County, 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 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, who had heard 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 animals at the shelter would be a benefit, and that it should be called St. Francis Blessing Box.

“Mr. Payne thought it was a good idea, and with the approval of the HSCC Board, he designed, built, and installed the box,” a release states. “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.

The Humane Society of Columbiana County 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 information, call 330-332-2600.