Appalachian Bear Rescues’ Lisa Phillippen and HeySmokies’ Brad Knight are excited to announce the donation box program benefitting orphaned black bears.
HeySmokies.com raises money to rescue orphaned black bears. HeySmokies.com, a travel blog showcasing events in the Smoky Mountain region, and Appalachian Bear Rescue announce their “HeySmokies Sticker Donation Box” partnership to raise much needed funds for the local non-profit organization.
HeySmokies began its donation box program in the summer of 2015 and raised more than $11,000.00 for Pets Without Parents, a local no-kill animal rehab clinic. After the demise of Pets Without Parents in 2018 the search began for a new beneficiary. Appalachian Bear Rescue, which has worked tirelessly for decades to rescue and rehabilitate orphaned black bears, proved a perfect fit for the HeySmokies fund raising program.
“We are thrilled to partner with HeySmokies.com for their donation box program,” said Dana Dodd Appalachian Bear Rescue executive director. “The funds we receive will give cubs a second chance at life in the wild!”
The donation boxes are distributed to local businesses in Smoky Mountain communities, and HeySmokies.com provides its colorful, round logo decals free in each box to encourage contributions. To date, more than 100,000 HeySmokies stickers have been shared with generous fans and visitors.
“We were sad to learn Pets Without Parents was closing their doors earlier this year but were proud that we were able to help many great pets find loving homes.,” said HeySmokies owner Brad Knight. “The response from business owners and the public has been overwhelmingly positive allowing further expansion of the program. We are excited to continue the program and thrilled to partner with ABR’s work rehabilitating orphaned black bears. The black bear is an iconic symbol of the Smoky Mountains and catching a glimpse of one in the wild is always magical.”
If your business would like to display a donation box contact HeySmokies.com.