Vintage market event benefits hurricane-affected animal shelter

Holiday Old House Vintage Market Young Creative and vendor, 14-year-old Kendall Custer of Golden, Colo., collected OHVMGives donations at her booth. Image provided by Old House Vintage Market

 

LOVELAND, Colo. — The Old House Vintage Market (OHVM), an upscale antique, vintage, salvage, upcycled and handmade market, has announced its donation of $3,744 to the Humane Society and Adoption Center of Rockport-Fulton, Texas. The donation represents 50% of proceeds from the market’s Nov. 10 Friday Night Shopping Party. OHVM’s Kendall Custer, of In the Making Young Creative, collected donations at her booth; and vendors Kountry Klutter from the Junkin’ Cowboys and Beads on the Bus made generous contributions as well.

“After seeing the devastation from Hurricane Harvey this summer, we felt compelled to do something to help,” said OHVM Founder Bernadette Rankin. “Several of our vendors have close ties to the state, and it’s where I’m from, so this cause particularly hit home for many of us.”

Followers of The Old House Vintage Market’s Facebook page voted on which charity should receive the donation. Donating to a Texas humane society won out. Ultimately, Rankin zeroed in on the Humane Society and Adoption Center of Rockport-Fulton, Texas. “Larger cities received the bulk of donations, but smaller areas are still in need, too,” she said. On its website, the no-kill shelter shares an update on its post-Harvey situation, which includes its staff being “substantially reduced due to a cancelled fundraiser and the prospect of severely reduced income.” The shelter says it is “operating with a dedicated volunteer staff” and that its facility needs to be rehabbed due to hurricane damage.

“If you look at a map of the cities of Rockport and Fulton, it makes you cringe to think of a hurricane bearing down on those poor towns that are located on a peninsula and protected only by a very skinny San Jose Island,” Rankin said. “Needless to say, the good people of the Humane Society and Adoption Center of Rockport-Fulton are angels for working so very hard to protect and evacuate the animals they had in their care leading up to being hit by the monster hurricane and even harder to respond to the overwhelming need caused by the destruction left behind to their cities and even to their own building — still to this day.”

The donation marks the first for the newly launched OHVMGives initiative, in which ticket proceeds benefit a charity that the OHVM community chooses to support.

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