Why focus on animal shelters?
Around the time I was frantically crocheting my first blankets, I ran across this story. It's told many different ways (sometimes starfish, other times jellyfish) and with varying characters, but I think it captures the heart of every CFC volunteer.
The Star Thrower
One day a man was walking along a beach. The sun was shining and it was a beautiful day. Off in the distance he could see a young boy going back and forth between the surf's edge and the beach. Back and forth the boy went.
As the man approached, he could see that there were hundreds of starfish stranded on the sand as the result of the natural action of the tide. The man was struck by the apparent futility of the task. There were far too many starfish. Many of them were sure to die.
As he approached, the boy continued the task of picking up starfish one by one and throwing them back into the sea. As he came up to the boy he said, "You must be crazy! There are thousands of miles of beach covered with starfish. You can't possibly make a difference."
The boy looked at the man. He then bent down and picked up one more starfish, and threw it back into the sea. He turned back to the man and said, "But it made a difference to that one."
An animal's life can be challenging when they find themselves in an animal shelter. Despite heroic efforts by the staff and volunteers, it's extremely stressful as they are moved from cage to cage, and subjected to new sights and sounds on a daily basis.
Having something to call their own, which provides warmth year-round, familiar smells and a soft touch, can make all the difference.
Once the pet is adopted, their blanket provides a cushion against the (wonderful) stress of getting to know their new surroundings and family. Once again, their blanket provides something comforting and familiar.
Comfort for Critters was founded by Linda Kastiel Kozlowski, after she adopted a kitten named "Anna," and wanted to do something for all the pets which she couldn't take home that day.
Instead of bringing in old towels, as was suggested, she asked if she could crochet blankets for the cats and dogs, never envisioning she was starting on a road which would bring thousands of blankets into shelters across the US.
In her "spare" time she's the chief cook and bottle washer for Comfort for Critters. She's loves all God's creatures, from Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches to newborn kittens. She's had most of them as pets, as well!
She endeavors to demonstrate that love by making blankets to comfort all the "critters" waiting to join families. She's grateful to her many volunteers for truly paving the way on the Comfort for Critters journey!
We also work with local communities . . .
retirement homes & Senior Centers
Comfort for Critters provides free yarn, along with pickup and delivery service to area retirement homes.
We're blessed to have the support of the members of these communities.
Lexington Square of Lombard
The Meadows of Glen Ellyn
Sunrise of Bloomingdale
The Ray Graham Association for adults
The Ray Graham Association provides a variety of outstanding services and programs for adults with disabilities. They are located in Lisle, IL, close to CFC headquarters.
We provide fleece material for their clients to make into gorgeous blankets and even dog toys.
We continue to be impressed by their skills and grateful to them for their support!