Rhode Island Dog Breeder Collects Food and Financial Donations for RICAN

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A Rhode Island Havanese dog breeder is helping her local food bank through an innovative discount program. Royal Flush Havanese is gathering thousands of cans of food and non perishable food items for RICAN through puppy sales. On May 4, the largest donation was brought to RICAN with 668 canned goods and a $100 donation.

Car Filled With Donations for RICAN from Royal Flush Havanese Puppy Buyers

Car Filled With Donations for RICAN from Royal Flush Havanese Puppy Buyers

Since Holly began "giving back" more than 12 months ago, she has single-handedly raised thousands of dollars worth of food donations for this worthy organization, as well as lots of financial contributions.

Holly Mastroianni is more than just a caring and responsible Havanese dog breeder. Through her Rhode Island kennel, Royal Flush Havanese, she is giving back to the community. Mastroianni's most recent contribution was her largest yet, with 668 canned goods and a monetary donation.

In this day and age, where people within our country are having to decide between food, shelter and clothing according to what they can afford, it is the rare person who goes that extra mile to look out for their neighbors. Holly Mastroianni of Royal Flush Havanese in Charlestown, Rhode Island is just that person. In her quest to find loving, responsible families with which to place her adorable Havanese puppies, she is gathering food and financial donations for her local food bank.

In 2011, Holly began her innovative program by giving her puppy buyers a deep discount on the price of their puppy in exchange for a donation of either 20 canned goods or non-perishable food items - or a $100 financial contribution. The beneficiary of this selfless endeavor is RICAN, the Rhode Island Center Assisting Those in Need. And Holly's generosity is contagious; often her customers will give more items or financial aid than requested, because they know they are helping people who really need it. Since Holly began "giving back" more than 12 months ago, she has single-handedly raised thousands of dollars worth of food donations for this worthy organization, as well as lots of financial contributions.

"As you may know, we currently provide emergency services to over 22,000 individuals. Faced with this profound and rising need in an uncertain economy, demand has nearly doubled over the last year, RICAN stands at a crossroad. Our solid track record, reputation and unique role in the region offer signs of hope. Contributions from people like you, who wish to better the lives of another, help us to continue our work." RICAN

And RICAN isn't the only charity benefiting from Holly's generosity. Royal Flush Havanese is also working with the Make-A-Wish Foundation who "grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy." Holly has promised to donate a Havanese puppy to a deserving child through this foundation.

In times when hope is in short supply, it is an inspiration for all to meet people like Holly who do what they can to make a difference in the lives of those around them. Hopefully through reading this article, you're already coming up with your own ideas for how you can "pay it forward"!

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