‘Unless’ Carnival For Those Who Care a Whole Awful Lot


Hana Reinhardt and Cole, a Humane Society Silicon Valley foster dog.

An 11-year-old girl is inspiring her Sunnyvale church to take a page out of Dr. Seuss “The Lorax”, and host an “Unless” Carnival on Saturday, Oct. 12, to raise money and awareness for rescued pets and homeless people, and make the world a better place along the way.

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It’s not,” says The Lorax in the famous children’s book. That quote became the basis for the “Unless” Carnival, led by Hana Reinhardt of Congregational Community Church, who took hold of the carnival idea and drummed up support from others to make it a reality.

The carnival will feature game booths, a rummage sale, food, prizes, and animals ready for adoption. All the proceeds will go to the Humane Society Silicon Valley, and the Faith In Action Silicon Valley Rotating Shelter. It takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the church, 1112 S. Bernardo Ave., Sunnyvale.

“We will have something for people of all ages to enjoy,” Hana said in a church press release. When asked how much a carnival can do to make a difference for the homeless people and animals, Hana responded, “When we help even just one, it makes a difference to that one.”



The idea to help both the Humane Society and Faith In Action came from Hana, who loves animals, especially dogs, and earlier this year brought a dog she fosters to the Faith In Action shelter when it was hosted by the church earlier this year. Along with her mom, Hana has been a canine foster parent through the Humane Society for two years. Together they’ve fostered four special needs dogs: Tinkerbell, a very sickly chihuahua whom her mother adopted; Zorro, a puppy who lost his front right leg; Winston, a puppy separated from his mother too soon, and; Guinness a Pekingese who was paralyzed when he came to her family and is now walking, running, playing, and ready for a new home.

“They give so much love, and forgive so easily,” Hana says when asked about her experience with dogs

Winston with a guest of the Faith In Action Silicon Valley Rotating Shelter.

Winston with a guest of the Faith In Action Silicon Valley Rotating Shelter.

who have special needs. Her favorite foster dog was Zorro, the three-legged puppy. “We don’t know what happened to him that he lost his leg. He was really sad and in pain when we got him. I love him so much.” Zorro eventually found a forever home, and is living happily, according to a church press release.

In March Hana brought Winston with her to greet men staying at the Faith In Action shelter. “I love the smiles. And we laughed a lot,” says Hana of the experience.

Besides the Humane Society, Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue will be at the carnival giving people a chance to see some rescued exotic birds and learn more about how to adopt.

Unless Carnival