Friday Mornings Debra Heath Of Oakwood Hills, Wisconsin Hosts Food, Giveaways, The Food Distribution Helps Feed About 75 People A Week, But After Everyone’s Received Their Food, Her day doesn't End There.
About Three Years Ago Heath Started Taking The Hour Long Drive To The Valley Of The Kings Animal Sanctuary And Retreat To Deliver The Leftover Donations.
The Valley of the Kings Sanctuary located southwest of Milwaukee is a retreat that provides a home for abused, abandoned, retired and injured large felids, exotics, and domestic animals.
“We always had this leftover food, especially leftover bread, and I had no place to put it besides throwing it away,” Heath said. “We usually bring two to three boxes of bread. And another thing I, do bring out when we have it is meat that’s been exposed to germs. Meat that can’t be given to people, but it’s okay for animals.”
Heath said "I go up there just about every Friday, it’s an amazing thing. It’s really fun to feed the tiger chicken legs,”
Established in 1973, the animal sanctuary is run by Jill Carnegie in Sharon, Wisconsin, with her husband, Jim.
The sanctuary houses more than 100 animals, including lions, tigers, cougars, bears, horses, cows, sheep and emu, among others.
“We take in abused, unwanted, retired and injured exotic animals,” Carnegie said. “They come from a variety of places.”
Carnegie described Heath’s efforts as a “godsend” because they help with the sanctuary’s feed bill. Carnegie said the sanctuary’s budget is $350,000 a year, with the majority of that money going toward food for the animals.
“Valley of the Kings does not get any federal or state funding,” Carnegie said. “Donations are the only way that we survive. We’re always in the red and pretty much run on prayers to keep this going for more than 40 years.”
“However, the animals get to have things they wouldn’t normally have when Heath comes up, and it makes them fat and healthy,” Carnegie said.
Valley of the Kings also accepts donations from anyone who is willing to give. Carnegie said those interested in donating can drop off donations at the sanctuary’s gate.
“We take people’s freezer-burnt meat, but do not accept pork, sheep, lamb or fish,” Carnegie said. “We can also use blankets and towels, because we are always in need of them.”
Valley of the Kings is located on W7593 Town Hall Road in Sharon, Wisconsin, beyond food, they also have a wish list of tolls which they need.
Wildlife Planet has donated a whole bunch of socket's, vice grips and other tools that my father an old sheet metal man. Having all my own tools, I put them away in storage after my father passed away in 2012. I am sure he would have loved me, donating them to this sanctuary, knowing all his old tools would once again be put to good use.
You can see their wish list here.
If You Wish To Donate Visit Their GoFundMe Page Here