Hometown Hero: Tim Straubel

By: Ka'Seana Blanton Email
By: Ka'Seana Blanton Email

"I looked at my dogs and thought, well why don't I make the jam and sell it to people on campus.  Then use the money that I raise to give to the Humane Society so they can help other dogs and cats find a home at Christmas time."

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- This past December adoption fees for the animals at the Humane Society was half off for Christmas. Thanks to one man's passion for wanting to help find animals a good home, making him this week's Hometown Hero.

For Tim Straubel making jam is more than just trying to get a yummy spread for bread.

"To have all these people on campus, the people that I work with, students that I know, and people that I don't know buying the jam, and wanting to help makes you feel really good. That there is that many people in this community and the people that I work with that say, "hey this is a great idea," said Tim Straubel.

Aside from being a professor at WKU, Tim makes jars of jam for a good cause.

"I looked at my dogs and thought, well why don't I make the jam and sell it to people on campus. Then use the money that I raise to give to the Humane Society so they can help other dogs and cats find a home at Christmas time," said Straubel.

What makes this jam extra special is he grows the fruit himself.

"He's got every flavor you could image: blueberry, cherry, rhubarb, mango. It just goes on and on, and it's really tasty too," said Holly Oglesbee a co-worker of Tim's.

This is the second year Tim has made and sold the jam, and it was a huge success for the Humane Society this past Christmas.

"It was December 6th and I sold the last jar of jam. I counted all the money I had and it came out to exactly $1,200, and I was really happy that I was able to bring $1,200 to the Humane Society," said Straubel.

But it didn't stop there.

"I was informed by Lorri Hare that they were able to get matching donations from McDonald's and other donors. They were able to offer not just the dogs on the list I had prepared, but for every dog and cat and animal at the shelter half off of their adoption fees," said Straubel.

His co-workers are more than proud to call him a hero.

"It's really an amazing feat that he's done, and very generous," said Oglesbee.

For helping the animals at the Humane Society, through taking the time to make and sell jam, we honor Tim Straubel as this week's Hometown Hero.


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