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Tami Hendrix, owner of Meg's Gifts, LLC in High Point, holds a special place in her heart for animals of all kinds. In fact, they fill her heart.

So it seemed more than fitting for her to participate in the "Fill the Food Bowl" campaign and fundraiser, a community outreach program sponsored by the Humane Society of the Piedmont that is aimed to help local animals – and people – in need.

Hendrix, who not only has several rescued animals of her own but also sells unique pet gifts in her shop, knows what kinds of heartache people are facing today – the slumping economy means more and more families are having a difficult time coming up with extra cash to buy food for their pets. In turn, shelters are becoming inundated with family pets, including dogs and cats, after owners are forced to surrender their furry friends.

"I've always loved animals; they return that love unconditionally," Hendrix says. "In difficult times, the family pet often becomes a casualty and is expendable – just one more expense that's unaffordable. They end up in overcrowded shelters or even on the street when their family moves and leaves them behind."

Hendrix says a donation box has been set up inside of her shop, located at 205 Neal Place in High Point. Several other businesses in the Triad are also participating in the event, but Meg's Gifts is the only High Point location.

"Meg's Gifts is participating because we want to help raise awareness for the homeless, hungry and forgotten animals and people," Hendrix says.

As part of the event, her shop will donate "Scout" collection bins, which Hendrix says carry an important message of good news, renewal and hope on their covers.

"The 'Fill the Food Bowl' campaign will help provide the food needed," Hendrix says. "This is about how simple acts of kindness can make a big difference during tough economic times. ... Meg's Gifts is reaching out to the community and hopes other individuals and businesses will join in."

The fundraiser also includes a special event on June 6 at Camp Bow Wow, located at 6207 Chimney Center Blvd., Greensboro. For more information about the "Fill the Food Bowl" campaign and fundraiser, visit

Those interested in donating items at Meg's Gifts should visit during store hours, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All donations are taxdeductible.

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