A new consignment shop in Elkhart is inspired by the legacy of a man who loved helping animals and service members.
Pat Heiser has founded Scrapper’s Rescue in honor of her son Tim Heiser, nicknamed Scrapper, who passed away in January from a lifelong struggle with epilepsy at the age of 36.
"He knew what it was like to be handicapped, to be bullied, to need the companionship of a service dog,” Pat Heiser said. “One of his last wishes was to help more service dogs and handicapped service people.”
Unable to serve in the military himself, Tim Heiser turned to helping other servicemen by mowing their yards, taking them to appointments and just lending a hand where it was needed.
“He wanted to make sure serviceman got everything they deserved for giving up their life and limbs for their country,” Pat Heiser said.
Tim Heiser was also known for his artistic skills and dedication to raising money for animals throughout Elkhart County.
The grand opening of Scrapper’s Rescue is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at 1919 Cassopolis Street, Elkhart.
Events throughout the day include:
- Clowns, animal balloons and magic – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Face painting – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Greyhound adoption – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Ron’s River Dogs – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Pet Refuge – noon to 4 p.m.
The shop offers a variety of vintage and donated items as well as pet food and supplies.
Proceeds will benefit local animal organizations including Pet Refuge and Wolf Park. Funds will also help support disabled service members and pay for support dogs’ veterinary bills.
After the grand opening, Scrapper’s Rescue will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.
The 17,000-square-foot shop is run entirely by volunteers, and they’re always looking for more, Pat Heiser said.
To sponsor the shop or to volunteer, contact Pat Heiser at 262-9911 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information visit their Facebook page.