One month from May 5th to June 5th.
I had 30 days to make or do something that was supposed to enter the global conversation and change the world. How was our team supposed to do that?
Are we supposed to cure cancer? Stop world hunger? Build schools for children?
What could I possibly do in 30 days?
Make blankets and donate them to a wonderful animal shelter!
Our name: Fleece for Furry Friends
Our goal: Make fleece blankets and donate them to a shelter who needs them.
Before we continue, let’s get some background information to help you better understand how we even came up with this.
Caitlyn visited the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah. As she visited, she was allowed to have one of the dogs “sleepover”. When the dog got to where her family was staying, he instantly curled up to one of the blankets they had prepared for the dog.
She wanted to have as many dogs as possible have the same feeling of comfort. The feeling that a dog gets when he curls up with a warm, soft blanket.
So, knowing this was a great idea, we made a plan…
- Contact NKLA Adoption Center in West Los Angeles run by Best Friends Animal Society and get their approval
- Raise funds
- Buy blankets
- Make the blankets
- Visit shelter and donate the blankets
- While we were doing all of these things, we made social media accounts.
Caitlyn contacted the shelter and got the approval, so that was a great start! Raising the funds was a very big success. Vivian and I raised a total of $63.36. Even more than the $50.00 we planned to raise! Next came the process of making the blankets, done by Caitlyn and one of our amazing friends, Jenna. After getting all of the blankets ready to go, Caitlyn, Vivian, Phuong and I went to the NKLA Adoption Center in West Los Angeles run by Best Friends Animal Society that gave us the go ahead earlier.
Three of us (plus our two extra amazing friends) got together and made this a reality…
Results and What I Learned:
This was an extremely successful and rewarding experience! We saw how well kept, fed, and loved these animals were. One of the most important things for me personally is that I also gained insight on how shelters aren’t just wet, smelly dirt holes made to keep aggressive strays from the streets or people’s homes. They’re meant to be a temporary oasis for animals looking for a kind soul to take them in. That was the most important thing to me. Sure, I helped some great animals and people, and I’m happy I did that! But understanding what a shelter is really meant for, what it does for the animals and people looking to add a new member for the family… That is what made this experience extremely memorable for me.
So, 30 days later and I actually did some pretty amazing things…
What can you do in 30 days?