Steve said neighbors and friends, realizing what Josie and her family was doing, have even begun to drop donations off at their home.
“She (Josie) had four or five bags sold (at an art show) and people saw them and all of a sudden we started seeing (bags) on our porch,” said Steve.
Rakestraw, who bought a bag herself, said the project is so memorable because it’s multi-faceted.
“It’s the recycling aspect of it,” said Rakestraw. “They’re using something that would be garbage and they make something useful out of it.”
The bags are made with used material, and the proceeds are going toward an organization dedicated to the rescue and adoption of animals.
“Just for her to give so freely ...,” said Rakestraw. “It’s wonderful.”
Josie doesn’t seem to be showing any signs of slowing down — and Steve said the Watkins family is behind her 100 percent.
“Animals are their (Josie and Lilly’s) passion, and they’re going to do something that revolves around their passion,” Steve said.
Those wishing to donate materials such as used food bags and duct tape can call the Humane Society at 451-2367 to arrange a drop-off, or they can drop the materials off at the Hopkins Elementary front office on certain days beginning this Thursday. Call the school at 678-8707 for more information on drop-off days.