The Upper Peninsula Welfare Shelter receives a $1,600 donation of supplies

MARQUETTE — On Monday, a generous donation of supplies was made to UPAWS.

Community member John Jilbert surprised the non–profit organization with the idea to meet at Valle’s Village Market Store in Marquette, as he would purchase pet food, cleaning supplies, toiletries, and other needed items.

Recently, Valle’s announced they would be going out of business by the end of this year, and needed to sell the remaining inventory – this donation benefited both the store and the shelter.

“We have just amazing community support. This happened out of the blue, because he wanted to help out. There are so many opportunities to give or to come up with their own way to support it,” said Kori Tossava, Executive Director.

In all, $1,600 worth of supplies was given to UPAWS.

The shelter is also in the running for Petco’s People’s Choice Awards to win grant money for their animals.