written by: Jenny McClear
Moose’s Mission started small, in my one bedroom apartment in the West Loop, with one volunteer – me.
When I learned that animals waiting for their forever homes at shelters only had bare cages/rooms unless specific items were donated to them, I knew I had to make a difference. After checking out Pinterest for some inspiration, I started making fleece rope toys & blankets for animal shelters all over Chicago. I would post about it on Facebook, showing people that it could be easy & fun to make a difference! The response was great & soon I started hosting Blanket Making Parties (with mimosas!) in my building, inviting my friends from the doodle group & the dog park (including Jes & Lindy before they found RDMoC!)
Before long, in Chicago we had donated over 1000 items, all lovingly made by volunteers!
When I moved to Cleveland with my husband in summer of 2017, I registered Moose’s Mission as an official non profit & decided to go full time! Since then, we’ve had over 2,000 volunteers & have donated thousands of handmade blankets as well as hundreds of toys & bags of treats in our care packages that we now deliver to foster homes, animal rescues & humane cases. (We’ve grown so big that we have toy/treat collection drives – not everything is homemade anymore!)
Every month I visit classrooms, offices, libraries, senior centers & Girl Scout Troops with projects to encourage animal kindness & volunteering! We also provide free fleece to any individual or group that reaches out wanting to help!
With that said, we have had a crazy influx of volunteer requests for the holiday season- this week alone I’ve gotten requests for over 150 blanket kits! AMAZING but overwhelming! Each double sided fleece blanket costs us between $6-10 depending on size, even with a coupon combined with the sale! So, we need your help! We want to keep providing free materials to those who want to donate their time, talent & love to make blankets for animals in need so we started a GoFundMe for our fabric fund!
Please check out our Facebook at Moose’s Mission for tons more pictures & stories & share our GoFundMe link so that we can continue spreading joy!
Jenny, Moose & Coco
Moose’s Mission is sponsoring part of our next blanket making party!!