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Timberwolves For The Environment Club Continue Philanthropic Work

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Timberwolves for The Environment members work on their plastic bag projects on Sept.9. Each year the club adopts a wolfpack and funds their needs, with the money they raise. "We get assigned a certain group of wolves and then if they need food, they take that money that we donated, or that different groups donated and then use that for them,” senior Brianna Wechsler said. “This year there was a flood in one of the areas, so the money that lots of people donated was used to fix their habitat.”

Ava Caldwell, Reporter

Service project after service project, the Timberwolves for the Environment club continues to take stands in important organizations in their community and world. After their most recent fundraiser of creating recycled bags and wreaths, as well as collecting different money donations, the club raised the $182 needed to adopt their wolfpack this year. 

Through the company Endangered Wolf Center, located in St. Louis, Missouri, Timberwolves for the Environment submitted their payment and adopted a wolfpack. By “adopting” a wolfpack, they are helping to protect endangered wolf species. The company will take their payment to fund projects that support the wolves needs. 

“We get assigned a certain group of wolves and then if they need food, they take that money that we donated, or that different groups donated and then use that for them,” senior Brianna Wechsler said. “This year there was a flood in one of the areas, so the money that lots of people donated was used to fix their habitat.”

In order to pay for their annual adoption of a wolfpack, the club made bags and wreaths out of plastic sacks. These bags were crocheted and hand made by the club members during their club time every Monday after school. 

“This year we were selling wreaths that we made from upcycled plastic bags and so we were going around selling them at the school and we also sold bags made out of upcycled [plastic] bags,” senior Kayla Hellikson said. 

Even after finishing up one project this club is constantly providing for their community. Again this year the club will be partaking in a shoe drive where members of the community can drop off used shoes in order to help people around the world. This donation process is going through the company Soles 4 Souls who will then take and distribute the shoes where they are needed. Students can drop off shoes to Doc McPherson’s room (room 4009). One other project that the club is working on is providing some of the animals in Australia comfort and relief by creating synthetic birds nests, bat wraps, and joey bags to help kangaroos. 

“One of my favorite things is that we actually get to help our community and make an impact even outside of it, for Australia and the fires, for the bats and other animals too,” Wechsler said. “We are actually helping them. We’re not just saying ‘Oh we love the environment’, we are actually doing something to help it.”