Au Sable Forks woman goes extra mile for homeless animals

AU SABLE FORKS Vickie Trombley of Au Sable Forks wanted to make sure the residents of The North Country SPCA, located in Westport, had a good holiday. A couple days before Christmas, Trombley filled the back of her van with supplies she'd been collecting. Trombley's goods included cases of canned animal food, two bags of stuffed animals, collars and toys. Before leaving home, she decorated the windows of her van with stickers announcing her destination, "Christmas Toys and Food For Westport Animal Shelter." She said she noticed several people taking note as she drove over, and hoped her efforts might inspire others to donate. Trombley said she and her husband, Gary, likes to play scratch-off lottery tickets, and keeps a jug where they throw winning tickets. Every now and then, she goes through the tickets and uses the funds to purchase supplies for the shelter. "It works, and it's so simple when you pool them," Trombley said. "My husband and I are very devoted to animals." Trombley's collection also included blankets, towels and other items donated by The Riverside Thrift Shop in Wilmington. Shelter manager Pam Rock called Trombley the NCSPCA's "year-round Santa," since Trombley makes several donations a year. She added that many community organizations made an effort to collect supplies for the shelter during the holidays.

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