This time of the year there is always a lot of talk about giving back, donating and thinking of those that are less fortunate than you. As a person that works for a local non-profit I know how much this time of the year can be a blessing for those that are less fortunate. Over the years I have often thought about the "furbabies" that are missing a family through out the holiday season and always wanted to put together some boxes or bags for local animal shelters. This year, we did it!
Have you heard of Blessing Bags? These are bags that contain items for people who may not have a stable home that you can keep in your car ready for easy hand outs. Usually these blessing bags contain soaps, toothbrushes, water, protein bars, sunscreen, hand warmers, gloves, socks, etc. I decided that the kids and I could make our version of blessing bags but for cats.
We are a cat family. We currently have two cats; Sophie and Sundae. They are such great cats - especially with the kids. We know that we are so blessed to have them in our family and we know that they are also blessed to have us as their family. Both Sophie and Sundae were adopted from shelters here in Denver. Whenever we visit the shelters I am amazed at the number of cats available for adoption and then I think about the supplies that it must take to care for these furry friends. Crazy!! So many toys, food, and treats.
One of the toys that Teagan picked out was the Temptations® Snacky Mouse. It is so cute! And it is a toy plus a treat. Basically you just place some treats in the Snacky Mouse and if the cats start playing with him he tips over which allows for a few treats to come out. Talk about getting your exercise will you snack! I figured this would be a fun toy to send to a shelter - all of the cats can have some fun together!
Now onto building the Blessing Boxes for Cats. I divided all of the treats and food that I picked up and put them into each box. A few treat bags, toys and some SHEBA® PERFECT PORTIONS™ Poultry Pate! Easy enough!!
To get us started on our Blessing Box for Cats I decided that we had to pick up Sophie and Sundae's favorite brand of cat treats - Temptations® plus some little toys and food. This project is such an easy family project but will teach kids of all ages all about begin philanthropic.
Sophie approved of the items we bought for the boxes but was a little jealous that all of the new treats weren't for her. We certainly had a few little kitty helpers while we built our boxes.
For our boxes we used a few small shoe boxes that we had on hand. To help Teagan feel like she was really helping the cats we let her color the tops of the boxes we used. I taped white copy paper to the shoe box tops and handed her the crayons and she went crazy. She told me that she hopes that the cats enjoy her pictures! Oh Teagan, they will think they are PURFECT!
A box full of fun!! I think these turned out great. While it isn't a lot, I know that the local animal shelters will appreciate the thought and contribution towards their missions.
We let Sundae have a few treats and she had to check out these Blessing Boxes before we took them off to the shelter. Sundae approves! Sundae is our "naughty" kitty...wonder if Santa will bring her some of these yummy treats in a few weeks?
I love our cats and I want to treat them to a happy holiday season! But this holiday season we are so happy we focused on other special cats too - hopefully these easy Blessing Boxes for Cats will help other cats have a happy holiday season too!
When you stop at Walmart to pick up gifts for your own furbabies make sure you pick up some extra to create your own Blessing Boxes for Cats and your local animal shelters.
How do you make sure you teach your children about donating to good causes this time of the year?