Willows 4th Grade Community Service: Bringing Comfort To Shelter Animals

Our rescued pitbull, Goggles

As part of the Willows School’s 4th grade’s study unit on animals, the community service project partnered students with an organization called Operation Blankets of Love, which collects gently used and new blankets, towels and other pet related supplies for animals waiting in shelters.

As soon as my daughter heard the representative from Operation Blankets of Love speak to her class, accompanied by her dog, she couldn’t wait to start collecting items for shelter animals.

We have a shelter rescue, a pitbull named Goggles. We adopted Goggles when she was about 6 months old and now she’s 12. In our house, she’s a VIP (very important pitbull). 

My kids and I collected a few towels from home and set out to Petco to find some items on sale for the project. We got a soft cat pillow for $7.99 and a few other items to help keep shelter dogs comfy.

Of course, as soon as we got home, Goggles began shredding the cat pillow. We grabbed it before she could ruin it.

The 4th graders made posters for the school and an announcement at all-school meeting to ask the entire school to help them meet their goal of 300 blankets and items for the donation.

Community service projects don’t need to be complicated or overdone. They just need to make a difference. In this case, more than 300 comfort items were collected for shelter animals. Job well done!

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Christina Simon: Los Angeles, California, United States I'm the mom of two kids who attended The Willows School in Culver City and Viewpoint School in Calabasas. My daughter is a graduate of Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism ('23) and my son is a sophomore at UPenn/Wharton ('26). I live in Coldwater Canyon with my husband, Barry, and our dogs. Contact me at csimon2007@gmail.com

4 thoughts to “Willows 4th Grade Community Service: Bringing Comfort To Shelter Animals”

  1. Oh my goodness! I LOVE this idea!! My parents really didnt' care much to have any pets when I was growing up. But now that I am married and have my own kids, I have a rescued dog now and have definitely developed a soft spot in my heart for shelter pets. What a great idea!!!

  2. Good for Willows! The number of stray and owner-dumped animals euthanized in Los Angeles shelters every year is staggering. Our family includes 2 rescued dogs and 3 rescued cats, and our elementary-aged kids would love a project like this!

  3. This is such a great idea. Strangely, the families at my daughter's school aren't that into pets. Lots of allergies, I guess. Our full house of three cats and a hapless dog is a novelty. And great picture of Goggles.

  4. What a wonderful idea. I think community service projects are so important because our children need to know that there is so much more to life than just their little world. Plus, they get to see that their actions have very real effects on the world around them. And your dog is adorable!
    – Gina

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