Family reprises service day


The memory of animal lover Jeffrey Gannon will be honored for the second year.

The second anniversary of the death of the 1997 Mineola graduate will again be marked with a volunteer effort by family and friends to support local animal rescue efforts.

His sister Kim, a 1998 grad, said the sadness of that anniversary day Oct. 8 needed reinvention, and so they will concentrate their efforts and invite the community to do the same – helping Animal Preservation of East Texas (APET).

The needs for the animal shelter are widespread and ongoing.

Everything from monetary and supply donations to manual labor can be contributed.

Those who gather for the work day that Friday will find a well-organized task list to tackle, from cleaning to mowing, landscaping and sprucing up.

After last year’s event went so well, Kim knew they would do it again in Jeffrey’s memory.

“Last year was hugely successful, not only from a time and donation standpoint to the shelter, but for our family’s healing,” Kim said. “We want to take this opportunity to again honor one of Jeff’s most heartfelt passions, animals, in the town he called home, Mineola.”

To donate, visit to make a cash donation or see a list of supply needs.

Kim requests donations be noted “in honor of Jeffrey Gannon.”

Supplies can be brought to the shelter off Hwy. 80 west of Mineola or the APET thrift stores in Mineola and Winnsboro.

“Amplifying awareness for the needs of the organization would serve as a great way to honor his memory this year,” Kim added.