February 12, 2016

Family raising money for drug dog

By Lauren Begley
Staff Writer | reporter@arenacindependent.com

ARENAC COUNTY — In the wake of the confiscation of prescription drugs at Standish-Sterling Central in January, one family is taking action for the county.

Kathy Wilk, along with her daughters Jody and Jennifer, is raising money to buy a drug dog for Arenac County.

Wilk said that Sheriff Mosciski had already put in requests in the past for grant money from the Saginaw-Chippewa Indian Tribe’s two-percent class-3 gaming revenue, but the recent incident at SSC prompted her to do something about the issue.

“It’s a need, and it needs to be done,” Wilk said.

The drug dog will cost about $14,000, and the Wilk family has already put $500 toward it out of their own pocket, she said.

Wilk said they are planning fundraisers throughout the next several months, and they plan to have the money for the dog by July so that it can be trained and ready for the 2010-2011 school year.

Upcoming fundraisers will include a dinner, silent auction, and garage sale, all of which are tentatively planned for May, and Wilk said they also plan to sell candles and will request to place jars in schools to collect coins.

Wilk’s daughter Jennifer will also get an old wish fulfilled in the process.

When Jennifer was about 10 years old, she wanted to raise money to buy a bulletproof vest for the former drug dog, but it died before she was able to go through with her plans. As part of the fundraising for the new drug dog, Jennifer will be able to raise the money necessary for the bullet-proof vest, which can run anywhere between $500-$800, Wilk said.

Wilk said they are still in the planning stages for the fundraisers, but they hope to get many people on board to donate.

“We want to make a difference,” Wilk said.

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