Legion to host fundraiser for comfort dog program

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Held with chili/soup benefit on Feb. 27 at Legion home

The Hobbs-Anderson American Legion Post No. 91 will host a chili and soup benefit from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 27 that will support the Joplin Comfort Dog ministry.

Cost is $7 for the meal. The dogs will be present, accompanied by Sue Doennig, retired Monett teacher who is working with the golden retrievers, Louie and Jackson. The comfort dogs are an outreach of Immanuel Lutheran Church and Martin Luther School in Joplin since 2011. Jackson and Louie are brothers.

More than 100 K-9 comfort dogs are serving Lutheran congregations and schools around the U.S., supported by Lutheran Church Charities. Comfort dogs are defined as "a friend who brings a calming influence and allows people to open up their hearts and receive help for what is affecting them." Comfort dogs have been deployed to the area tornado sites such as Moore, Okla., in 2013 and Mayflower, Ark. in 2014, the homecoming parade crash in Stillwater, Okla., in 2015, and to the site of public shootings.

"This is an opportunity to support two great organizations and find out what both of them are about," said Kay Johnson. "Come by and pet the dogs. Take your photo with them."