WATSONVILLE — Just a few weeks ago, Kelly’s Books owner Kelly Pleskunas announced on her store’s Facebook page that she was in need of a little help.
After a slow Christmas season, Kelly’s Books was in danger of closing—just two years after opening in the Watsonville Square shopping center. Pleskunas took to starting a Go Fund Me crowdfunding campaign on March 18 to help save the shop.
In four days, Pleskunas had reached the halfway point of her $7,500 goal. And it only took another two weeks to reach the goal completely.
“I honestly did not expect such a generous response,” Pleskunas said. “It’s been incredible.”
Pleskunas said she had a long list of people and other businesses she wanted to thank for helping the store stay afloat. After taking a few days off since reaching her goal last Friday, Pleskunas is back at work and says she is determined to keep things going.
The store will continue to host author signings and other special events. On April 20 it will play host to a special dog adoption event along with local non profit organization UnChained.
Unchained partners with local schools and organizations, aiming to reduce violence in communities through animal-assisted therapy programs and humane education.
“They’re really something else,” Pleskunas said. “They help bring kids out of their shells, and help get dogs out of shelters. It’s amazing.”
The adoption event will be held from 12-2 p.m. on April 20. The public is invited to come meet the dogs and learn more about Unchained.
“Even if you don’t plan to adopt, come stop by” Pleskunas urged. “Even for just a pet. The dogs will appreciate it.”
Kelly’s Books is located at 1838 Main Street in Watsonville Square. For information and to place orders call 728-4139.
Editor's Note: This article will publish in the April 12 edition of the Register-Pajaronian.