OBOL has been there for sooo many nonprofits, shelters and rescuers in times of crisis and on an ongoing basis helping comfort homeless pets. Their generosity is endless - they provide blankets, towels, food, toys, cages, carriers, leashes, collars, etc. that keep costs low for those caring for animals in need. Their education programs for children have helped spread compassion to the next generation. Shelters rely on them on an ongoing basis for animals who need fresh bedding and comfort during their stay - it makes them more adoptable too! Rescues who have little to no funds can call OBOL day or night (practically) with request for carriers during fires, major rescues, or when their supplies run low. The public loves giving to OBOL to take their gently used items and convert them to life-saving products for rescued pets. I can't speak highly enough of Eileen and Brad Smulson and their volunteer team who always have the animals first in their heart. It's truly a labor of love and they need more support for gas for all the thousands of miles they rack up driving needed goods to shelters, rescues, etc. all over the state of CA. They also need to disburse information at their drop-off sites, in schools and for the general public. I will always support the work of Operation Blankets of Love - won't you?
I met Eileen and Brad Smulson about 2 years ago because of my work with Animal Rescue here in Northern Baja MX (CA). They started this wonderful non-profit when Eileen, who worked in the corporate world, visited a animal shelter and saw the many dogs shivering and afraid as they laid on cold metal in their cages. That was the genesis and from their Eileen quit her job and began her work to collect and distribute as many blankets, blankets and beds to the hundreds of thousand dogs in need. They in turn give selflessly to other rescues like our little entire volunteer organization, VIVA, here in San Felipe. They have donated many blankets, towels, toys and food to help us help other animals in need. I think this non-profit should be one selected by your organization for consideration. We are working on establishing our own 5013-C here so that we too might be able to apply for help. The need is tremendous and the drain on our limited finances constant. Thank You for your consideration of "Operation Blankets of Love"
I first heard of Operation Blankets of Love through a co-worker who was collecting blankets at the time. Being the proud parent of a shelter cat that I adopted over four years ago, I immediately gathered whatever I could from storage and friends, washed them all up, and brought them into work for my friend to donate to the cause. I have even contacted Eileen via email and she responded very quickly and was very nice.
This organization is amazing. It donates blankets to animals in the pound. The pounds have no budget for any type of floor coverings. The animals are put on cold cemet floors. They are already scared, and some sick. The little warmth these blankets bring can turn a cold scare animal into one that can be rehomed. Please dontat your old balnkets, washclothes, and sheets to this organiztion. It makes a big difference to these poor animals.