Jordan, my granddaughter, and I started our holiday giving project in 2014 to reinforce the real meaning of the season: Giving to others. As Jordan is by nature a very generous child,she wholeheartedly embraced this idea. We chose the Foster Small Animal Hospital at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, be our gift recipient because of the expert and loving care they gave to my beloved cat Zsa Zsa who passed away in October 2014.
On Christmas Eve 2014, we provided lunch of pizza and salad to approximately sixty hospital employees who were working that day. At the suggestion of our very good friend and veterinary internal medicine resident, Dr. Lesli Kibler, we made blankets for the hospitalized animals in 2015. The blankets were simple two-ply fleece that we cut, fringed, then tied. We picked patterns that were bright and cheery and had an animal theme (there were surprisingly many choices!) We had a sleepover at my house one weekend in early December and had a blanket-making marathon. It was a lot of work but a lot of fun, too.
We delivered the blankets on Christmas Eve, and Jordan got to place the blankets in the animals’ cages. As you can see from the photos, it was a fantastic, unforgettable experience. It was ironic thing was that on that day, one of the hospital’s washing machines had broken, and they were in desperate need of bedding for the dogs and cats. Who knows what our 2016 project will be!