Giving Tuesday occurs on the first Tuesday following Thanksgiving. Its purpose is just how it sounds – for people to be able to give to others.
Helen Woodward Animal Center (HWAC), in conjunction with the second-graders from Solana Santa Fe Elementary School, is working on a very special project that will bring holiday cheer to homebound senior citizens and their pets! This type of ‘giving’ will certainly be appreciated!
In just 11 days, 55 second graders from Solana Santa Fe Elementary and HWAC will employ some good old-fashioned elbow grease to ensure that elderly AniMeals clients and their pets will not only be thought of but will feel the love that the holidays should always offer.
This group of Tuesday-Givers will be creating personalized cards for the homebound seniors and will pack special holiday-themed meals for the seniors’ pets. The meals will also contain toys and treats.
The schoolchildren will also help HWAC to prep craft projects for their upcoming Frosty Farms Event on this national Opening Day for the End-of-the-Year Giving Season. All of the work will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. in the Center’s Education Building.
While Giving Tuesday actually was created as a concurrence to consumer-based “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday,” many times it will actually display the true spirit of the season. While many hesitate to believe that that spirit still exists, the children from Solana Santa Fe’s Elementary School will be able to put minds to rest!
While so many other people are getting caught up in the throes of the season, these schoolchildren are more eager to pitch in and help people and animals in need. They will gather around the “giving stations” in the Center’s Pavilion to learn all about how to give back using their own hands rather than trying to collect money.
Helen Woodward Animal Center created their AniMeals program to help seniors. It is compared to a Meals-on-Wheels program but specified for pets. They provide regular meals free of charge for the dogs and cats of homebound elderly and disabled individuals. The mission of AniMeals is to help keep people and their companion pets together by eliminating one of the logistical and financial impediments required for proper pet care.
The program was created in 1984. Currently it works with five area Meals-on-Wheels Centers as well as several other organizations, such as Aging & Independence Services and Angel’s Depot. They serve more than 500 pets throughout San Diego County.
In order to make the personalized cards, the children will receive specific names of these special seniors and descriptions of their pets. This will also help when creating the holiday pet meal packages.
“We are always surprised by the wide variety of supporters we meet throughout the year,” said Helen Woodward Animal Center Vice President of Development Renee Resko. “In particular, it is touching to meet children who share our belief in making the world a better place for people and animals. We are so grateful for their support and look forward to working with them on Giving Tuesday.”
So many individuals display kindness at HWAC by volunteering to walk orphaned dogs, assist with fundraisers or foster animals in their homes. The giving season will be in full mode on the Center grounds come Tuesday, December 2nd with the second-graders of Solana Santa Fe Elementary. As a result, hundreds of homebound senior citizens and their furry companions will experience the joy of the holiday season this year.
For information on how you can help Helen Woodward Animal Center, call (858) 756-4117 x 305 or click on www.animalcenter.org/volunteer! For anyone that would be interested in helping to support seniors and their pets can go to www.animalcenter.org/donate and make a gift by specifying “AniMeals” in the comment area.