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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Blessing Box for Cats - Animal Shelter Donations

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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!

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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.  

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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.  

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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.

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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.  

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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!  

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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!  

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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!!

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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.  

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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?

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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.  

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How do you make sure you teach your children about donating to good causes this time of the year?

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11 comments:

  1. What a great idea. The kids will enjoy seeing and helping these animals. Thanks for bringing awareness to these rescue animals.

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  2. What a wonderful way to treat pets in need and to include your kids in the season of giving. #client

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  3. This is so awesome. Our local shelter is over flowing with cats. So many that they have three trailers full to the max sitting behind the shelter. We try to donate twice a year as much as we can to help out.

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  4. Oh this is the sweetest idea for donating to an animal shelter! This is the perfect time of year to show kids how to be charitable. They definitely learn by example. Thanks for sharing this idea!

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  5. What a sweet idea to put these together for shelters. Shelters often have so many outstanding items on their "needs" list and with the holiday season, animal friends should be thought of too! Thanks for the creative idea. My kids would love to help me put together something like this and deliver!

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  6. What a great idea to create a Blessing Box for the animal shelter. I always forget the animal shelter, especially this time of year when there are so many other things to think about. Thank you for the reminder!

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  7. I just love the idea of these blessings boxes. I adopted my sweet dog from a non for profit agency over ten years ago and I"m so thankful for how they took great care of her before she found her way to me. I am happy to help all of the wonderful animal shelters that help bring families together.

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  8. I'm an animal lover so I love this idea! And I love how you got your daughter involved! It's so important for them to be gracious and learn how to give!

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  9. I do lots of animal rescue work and this just makes me day. There are so many animals in need and you are teaching your children to help care for them from a young age and it just makes my heart happy.

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  10. I love this so much! This honestly just made my day and touched my heart. What a wonderful idea!

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  11. What a great idea!! I agree with above, there are so many animals in need. Thank you for doing this!!Christina Anne

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