Blankets & Bowls provides Animeals pets with Christmas gifts

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Waterbury, CT

Some people know how to make a difference. Lisa Robin of Blankets & Bowls is just such a person.

After seeing a recent article in this column outlining the Animeals program for seniors in Waterbury and Danbury, Lisa had the idea to spread some holiday cheer to beloved pets living with those who find it difficult to get out of the house and are receiving deliveries of both human and pet food through the Meals on Wheels outreach in those locations.

Blankets & Bowls is an organization which provides comfort items to animals in need. Primarily focusing on shelter animals and brightening the lives of homeless pets with toys, blankets and basic necessities, Blankets & Bowls has already made a huge impact since its journey began earlier this year.

While working on the Animeals project was a slight departure from business as usual, Lisa's vision to ensure that every pet in the program had a Christmas gift bag was realized through generous donations of items that were sorted, packaged and finally delivered this week, allowing just enough time to make it under the tree.

A total of 93 gift bags were made, lovingly filled with a blanket, toys and a can of food for each of 60 cats and size appropriate toys and a blanket for the 33 dogs who reside with Animeals recipients.

One Meals on Wheels driver has already reached out to Lisa in a message: "I am a Meals on Wheels Driver (New Opportunities Inc.) from the Danbury, CT area. I wanted to write and thank you ever so much on behalf of my clients who received your gifts today. The excitement from my clients in receiving gifts for their treasured family (pets) members was like little children on Christmas morning. Some people don't realize that our homebound elderly think of their beloved pets as their children and love the idea that they too can get a gift at Christmas. Many of our clients can not get out to get pet food and toys. Your program and Animeals is greatly appreciated by all of them. Thank you again. YOU HAVE MADE THEIR CHRISTMAS BRIGHTER!"

Much thanks, Lisa, for this and for all you do.

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