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Local Boy Scout Noah Tellier successfully raises funds for animal shelter

If you haven’t heard about him yet, Noah Tellier recently raised $10,000 and donated to the Blackstone Regional Animal Shelter to refinish the shelter’s floors. As a boy scout of Troop 1 in Blackstone,  this effort was part of Noah’s eagle scout project. Noah worked tirelessly for several months last year to raise funds – from putting up a GoFund me campaign to partnering with Goodstuff Smokehouse as well as going out there to sell merchandise at local events. Noah worked hard for months telling people his cause and raising funds online and offline.  

Why Raise Funds?

The Blackstone Regional Animal Shelter services 5 different communities in the Blackstone Valley: Millville, Douglas, Mendon, Uxbridge and Blackstone. As per Noah, he approached Animal Control Officer Kevin Sullivan with his passions for animals and his impending eagle project. After going over the needs and wants of the shelter, they determined that the biggest need that would benefit the entire shelter is to refinish the floors. With cement floors throughout the seven rooms in the animal shelter, the biggest obstacle is that they are non-permeable.

As you may or may not know, cement is porous and must be coated to protect from moisture and germs. Noah’s research led him to find a specialized concrete coating which would be more suitable, last significantly longer, and hold up better to all cleaning solutions. The service installation of this specialized concrete was not cheap but Noah Tellier took the challenge on nonetheless. He started making calls to get estimates for the floor and made plans on how to raise funds within the community.

How Noah Got There

Noah Tellier reached out to Blackstone community members in various ways. He put up a Facebook page that shared updates on the project.

Go Fund Me Campaign

He created a GoFund me campaign that raised $1,959 from 42 donors.

Blackstone Regional Animal Shelter Merchandise

Noah initially sold Shirts and later on took orders for Hoodies as well.

The shirts and hoodies were sold at local events like the Fall Festival, the Antique Tractor Truck & Car Show at Daniel’s Farmstead, and even during weekends at Wojcik’s Farm.

Fundraiser Night at Goodstuff Smokehouse

Noah had a successful fundraiser night at Goodstuff Smokehouse with 15% of all sales being donated to the project. The project raised $595.50 donations from Goodstuff Smokehouse, sold 25 shirts and got almost $300 donations from a game.

This was a lot of help towards my fundraising goals! fundraising has been tough. Thank you to the kind people at…

Posted by Blackstone Regional Animal Shelter New Floors Eagle Scout Project on Sunday, August 30, 2020

Getting It Done

On November 10, Noah appeared before the Board of Selectmen to formally donate the $10,000 he raised for the Blackstone Animal Shelter.

Noah Tellier presents $10,000 donation to ACO Kevin Sullivan
Noah Tellier with ACO Kevin Sullivan at the Board of Selectmen Meeting on Nov. 10, 2020

Starting in November until December of last year, Noah also called for volunteers (following social distancing protocols) to help get the floor ready. 

This is it the time we all have been waiting for. the floors are getting put in this week so this Saturday and Sunday 9…

Posted by Blackstone Regional Animal Shelter New Floors Eagle Scout Project on Tuesday, December 8, 2020

By January, the project looks like it’s coming to an end.

Noah Tellier is a Blackstone resident we can all be proud of. Thank you for helping out in the community, and congratulations for all the hard work.

If you want to help the Blackstone Regional Animal Shelter, you can visit their Facebook page for their wish list. The Blackstone Police Department accepts donations of dog food, cat food, leashes, beds, blankets, crates and toys. Only items in new or good condition, please. Those who wish to do so can drop donations off at the Blackstone Police Station. Please call the Animal Control Officer at 508-876-5826 with any questions.

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