Blanket donations aim to help local animal shelters


By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 11:56 am on Tuesday, June 25, 2013

MONTCALM TOWNSHIP — Local people have banded together to make a difference in the world of animals that do not have a permanent place to live.

On Wednesday (Kid’s Day) at the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds, a table will be set up to take blanket donations to make beds for animals in shelters.

“Some animals are in a strange place,” said volunteer Eileen Burr. “They are scared and confused and snuggling with a blanket gives them comfort.”

Burr said the idea started after she and a few friends got together for a sewing party. They decided they could make items for animals in need.

The group collects blankets, including used and clean bedding, comforters, mattress pads and more to make beds for the animals.

“Anything anyone wants to bring,” Burr said.

The group also accepts leftover material scraps to make toys for the cats and dogs.

After the items have been made, they are distributed to shelters in Montcalm, Ionia, Newaygo and Grand Rapids.

Burr said places that foster animals while they wait for new homes also can receive beds too. The toys, however, go to those cats and dogs in the shelters to keep them company, she said.

Burr said a table will be set up from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the fairgrounds.

Anyone wanting to donate but cannot make it to the table is encouraged to call (616) 754-5253 and someone from the group will be willing to pick up the material.

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