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December 31, 2008, OKEECHOBEE, Fla. An Arnold’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center donor, who prefers to be known only as “Chuck,” delivered an immaculate 1995 Chevrolet Suburban to the center the Sunday before Christmas.

Chuck’s been contributing to Arnold’s Wildlife for a couple of years in memory of his wife Linda, who loved animals. “One of her favorite sayings was “blessed be the animals,’” he said. “She would be so pleased to know we are helping the wildlife center.”

Sue Arnold, who owns the center, had no idea all of Arnold’s volunteers met up with Chuck and the truck at the end of her road at noon that day. The Suburban was decorated with a big red bow on the grille and another big red and white bow on the dashboard. The volunteers drove into the center, with Chuck and the truck at the rear of the caravan.

The Suburban was front and center as Arnold came out of the animal hospital, greeted by a hearty chorus of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” sung by Chuck and Arnold’s volunteers,  and Joey’s Pizza showed up right on time to deliver six extra large pizzas for the event.

“I knew Chuck was going to donate the truck to the center,” Arnold said. “But I hadn’t a clue when, and I certainly didn’t expect such a celebration with our volunteers. This was just wonderful.”

Arnold’s husband, Clarence, said: “I’m proud for her. That old truck she’s been using all these years has had the engine replaced and just about everything else.”

The Suburban will be used to transport animals to and from veterinary appointments, as well as educational programs at schools, parks and other centers.

Chuck – and Linda’s – past contributions to the wildlife center include an anesthesia machine and a generator for the animal hospital.

Arnold’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center is a 501 (C) (3) non-profit, educational-based wildlife care facility that operates solely on donations. The Center is dedicated to bringing people and wildlife together to develop community awareness of the value of Florida wildlife.

Its ultimate goal is to rescue, rehabilitate and return recovered animals to their natural habitat. Animals unable to return to the wild are provided a permanent home at the Center.


Sue Arnold, Arnold’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center – 863.763.4630 or

Karey McCann-Goode, MC2 Publishing LLC – 863.467.7866 or



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