st. francisThat’s right. In case you haven’t heard, St. Francis will be at the Sidewalk Sale on Saturday in downtown Havana! Well, not St. Francis himself, but his influence will be evident.

You may not know but St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals and the environment, founded the Franciscan Order and is one of the most beloved saints of the Catholic church. His devotion to wildlife has influenced the lives of many around the globe and regardless of religious affiliation, most people associate St. Francis with compassion for all creation, including wildlife. St. Francis Wildlife Association embodies what St. Francis stood for.

If you are from the area or close by, you may know that Gadsden County is home to the St. Francis Wildlife Association. St. Francis will have a table set up on Saturday so please stop by and learn about their tireless efforts with the local wildlife. We are so fortunate to have such a wonderful charity right here in our midst.

From their website:

St. Francis Wildlife, a 501(c)(3) organization, was founded in 1978 to provide humane care and rehabilitation for orphaned, injured and sick wildlife in North Florida and public education for our community.

Each year, we receive and care for approximately 3,000 animals, from tiny Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and flying squirrels to foxes, deer and Bald Eagles. Feathered, furred or scaled, they will all have a second chance to live wild and free.

Our wildlife hospital and rehabilitation facility is located on 35 secluded acres of forest, fields and ponds, four miles northwest of Havana, Florida. We have all the required permits from the U.S Fish & Wildlife Service and Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission to possess and rehabilitate wildlife and to display non-releasable wildlife for the purposes of public education.

February 13th from 10-5 is the downtown Sidewalk Sale sponsored by the Havana Merchants Association.  The town shopkeepers will have sales tables inside and out as they prepare their stores for the incoming spring inventory. If you haven’t been to Havana’s Historic District in awhile, this is prime time! And you can stop by St. Francis’ table and find out more about their wonderful organization.

Can’t come to the sale but want to support St. Francis? Make a donation!