Ann's Choice Residents, Pets and Philadelphia's Most Beloved Furry Friend Send Off Towels for Animals at SPCA

More Bags of Clean Towels Donated, Collected To Be Sent to Bucks County SPCA by Pets and Their Owners 

WARMINSTER, PA - Residents who are part of The Ann's Choice Doing Good Committee pride themselves on helping people in the local community.  But they don't stop there.  In their current endeavor, they are working to help furry friends in Bucks County. Last month, the group of residents held a collection drive where 91 large bags full of towels for needy dogs and cats moving into the newly opened Upper Bucks County SPCA in Quakertown were delivered.  Now, the residents just keep supporting the cause and have more to donate! Earlier today, these residents, the pets who own them and The Philadelphia Phanatic got together to illustrate their labor of love.  The additional towels, which will be used when there is a need, were sorted and bagged up by everyone, including The Phanatic, and will be dropped off at the shelter in the near future. The drive is now in its third year of providing cleanliness and love for four-legged friends looking for some comfort. Late last month, Ann's Choice residents were asked to donate the towels, which they dropped off in various spots throughout the community.  The successful one-week drive culminated with a drop-off of the items at the SPCA's new shelter. The Ann's Choice dogs, who were present for this latest towel sendoff, would say how happy they are to help their friends...if dogs could only talk. "As someone who volunteers at the SPCA in Solebury, and does laundry every week, I see the demand for towels and the good use they get," said Ann's Choice resident Joan Greenberg, who helped organize the event.  "In addition to using them for grooming, each cat cage has a towel used for bedding and dogs get use for grooming purposes.  It is good for residents who are looking for ways to recycle towels they no longer need, and maybe take advantage of those January 'white sales!' "The wonderful outpouring of support on the part of the Ann's Choice community is greatly appreciated and if the animals could talk, they would most likely say thanks," Mrs. Greenberg continued. Jane Neiger, another Ann's Choice resident who was involved in the project said, "My husband Russ and I have had a relationship with the SPCA in Bucks County for a long time.  We got our first dog from the SPCA for our son after moving to Ottsville when he was eight years old.  We knew what a wonderful organization it was and we were more than happy to pay back by working on the towel drive." "Our residents really care a great deal about animals in this region that need some tender loving care," said Joe LoCascio, Ann's Choice executive director.  "By stepping up and developing a project that provides comfort for these strays, the Ann's Choice community clearly shows its commitment toward helping all living creatures." Since the towel drive began in 2009, Ann's Choice residents collected a total of more than 200 bags of towels. In addition to organizing the SPCA towel drive, the Ann's Choice Doing Good Committee held a food collection drive in June for the Bucks County Housing Group, collected clothing and shoes for Goodwill, sponsored a back-to-school new clothing drive for NGA, Inc. and helped clean up Warminster Park. More than 2,000 people live at Ann's Choice, an Erickson Living full-service retirement community that promotes a vibrant lifestyle.  Erickson Living develops and manages 16 full-service retirement communities that provide worry-free living for America's seniors - the country's fastest-growing population segment.  Erickson Living's refundable entrance deposit and predictable monthly service fees provide residents across the country financial peace of mind. Comprehensive health and wellness services, integrated into every community, lead to demonstrated resident benefits.  For more information, visit www.ericksonliving.com.