I wanted to check in with you and thank you for writing the amazing article about my Shelby and publishing it in the November issue of West Georgia Woman Magazine.
The impact that it has made has been massive, and not only am I grateful, but I am extremely humbled by the outpouring of support from the community you serve.
As you are probably aware, we received the entire amount necessary to provide Shelby with a Diabetic Alert Dog and that is largely in part because of your article (Publisher’s note: Shelby and her family were at a standstill for several months after raising $7,200 for Shelby’s $15,000 diabetic alert dog. Within 40 days of publishing Shelby’s article in West Georgia Woman with a “How you can help” sidebar, Shelby and her family received over $8,000 in donations. The magazine published Nov. 1, 2017 and she received all of the funds necessary to purchase the dog by Dec. 10, 2017. Shelby is still receiving donations from the article months after the article published.) We received donations, cards, well wishes and prayers from all over the West Georgia and East Alabama area, proving not only how far your reach is, but also showing how loving and compassionate our community is. We are still receiving donations and letters of support even months after the article has been published, and these additional funds will go to vet support and supplies for the dog.
There truly are not words that express the gratitude to you and West Georgia Woman’s Magazine for supporting Shelby, and for helping her achieve her goals of having a diabetic alert dog. I am truly overwhelmed at the tremendous response received and extremely grateful for spotlighting Shelby.