The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


August 26, 2013

Seniors are baking dog biscuits for Cambria County Humane Society

— A project at The Atrium is providing participants with a howling good time.

Residents are currently baking homemade dog biscuits for the Cambria County Humane Society as a way to give back to the community.

Kevin Bean, The Atrium’s activities director, said the idea came out of a sermon he gave during a recent prayer service.

“We talked about how everyone has something to offer and has worth no matter their age or situation,” he said. “We discussed different things we could do that would help others and baking dog biscuits seemed like a fun activity.”

After getting approval from the Humane Society that the donations would be accepted, residents got busy in the kitchen making the treats using all natural ingredients.

They bake every Friday morning and have set a goal of donating 1,000 biscuits before Christmas.

“It’s for any resident who wants to be involved, but I’d say there’s probably eight residents who do the baking each week,” Bean said.

To date, about 260 biscuits have been donated.

Bean delivers the treats to the Humane Society on Fridays. Next month he will be taking a group of residents with him.

“They are looking forward to going and it’ll be more real for them because they’ll be able to see how they are helping,” he said.

Once this project wraps up the plan is to brainstorm new ideas on activities the residents can do that will benefit the community.

“It’s good for them to know they do have something to give and it also gives them a sense of purpose,” Bean said.

Kelly Urban is a general assignment reporter with The Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter at

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