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"RED Day" transforms local animal sanctuary

By Ellen Bacca
Published On: May 09 2013 04:50:06 PM CDT
Updated On: May 09 2013 05:07:27 PM CDT
New Bern, Craven County -

Keller Williams Realty members from Craven County shut their doors and grabbed their gloves to help transform two non-profit organizations in New Bern.

The effort was part of RED Day, which stands for renew, energize and donate. Keller Williams Realty groups across the nation participate. In Craven County, volunteers chose the Coastal Women's Shelter and the Home At Last Animal Foundation to help.

"Oh it’s incredible especially the many hands. A few people couldn't do it. The amount of work that gets done, a few people couldn't do it there is no way," said Keller Williams Realty Broker, Kathy Richey.

Volunteers focused on painting rooms at the Coastal Women's Shelter. At the animal sanctuary teams worked to mulch, weed, rake, burn, and mow the yard area. Work was also done to one of the interior cat rooms. President of the Home At Last Animal Foundation Deanna Bobbitte says she couldn't believe the difference the group had made in only a matter of hours.

"It is incredible, when I pulled up today, I cried," said Bobbitte.

Since the Home at Last Animal Foundation is a non-profit, operators say they spend most of their time caring for the animals. They say some of the property still hadn't recovered from Hurricane Irene, and the Keller Williams crew has changed that.

Each year Keller Williams picks a new location to help. If interested in volunteering at the Home At Last Animal Foundation call (252) 514-0280, or (252) 633-9251.