Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Animal Sanctuary Care Package


It's no secret I'm an animal lover, right? I'm pretty sure it's common knowledge. I love to do my bit for charities close to my heart too. Now there are a heck of a lot of ways to help out, from taking part in fundraising events, doing your own sponsored event, donating in change tins, monthly donation schemes, animal adoptions and so on, but if for any reason you can't help in those ways or would like an extra, more personal way to give this post is for you!
This probably looks like a right load of random rubbish but I assure you it was all thought out. This was, in fact, our Christmas gift box for the Monkey World Ape Sanctuary in Dorset. We've been long time fans of the place, my family, despite it being at the opposite end of the country. We used to watch their show on TV years and years ago which led me to adopt an Orangutan there named Hsiao-Ning, then go on a family trip to visit when I was maybe around 14/15. 
Quite a few years later (for my 21st birthday) I did my skydive in aid of the Jim Cronin Memorial fund for them and to this day want to continue supporting in any way I can. The work they do is so important and fantastic. 


So while having a little nose on the website, updating myself on residents and such I found their shoe box appeal! It's just like Operation Christmas Child but for the apes!
With a shopping list in hand of what they needed, we grabbed some bits and pieces to fill up our box. It was a bit larger than a shoe box but all we had, and it fit everything perfectly.
Now you can adapt this theory to suit pretty much any charity of your choice. An animal sanctuary or rescue center, homeless shelter or children's charity - anything. Have a peek at their website (if they have one) or even give them a call to check what kind of items they are in the biggest need of and fill up a box! It's literally that simple. It needn't break the bank either if, like me, you don't have much spare money - just pick up one or two extra bits each time you go to the shop and pop it in the box to build up until it's full!
I wasn't going to do this post as I prefer to do charitable donations etc without 'bragging' as I think that takes away from what you are doing. It feels pretty awesome to sponsor someone or donate anonymously and people just wonder who it is - don't you think? Anyways, I'm sharing this to urge you to try it too. I left it until now because places need donations all year round, not just at Christmas when most people tend to give.

In the comments, I want to know your favorite charity, big or small, worldwide or a local one and a link to their site. Oh and let me know who you would like to put together a care package for!

I don't often ask people to share my posts either but do feel free to share this one if you'd like. <3




PS - The chocolates were for the staff, not the apes, obviously...



24 comments:

  1. I don't think this post comes across as bragging at all, I think it's a fantastic idea and sharing it on here will encourage more people to do something similar. After working for a charity you come to realise just how important the little things like this can be :)

    Jess
    http://www.alrightblondie.com

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    1. I'm glad. I don't want people to think that I'm like 'oh look at how charitable I am' haha.
      I volunteered for a charity a few years ago but I've done things like this for quite a few years now. I think everyone, no matter how much you have, can help others less fortunate.

      xo

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  2. What an amazing idea!! I would never have thought to put together a care package! There are so many ways to help, I wish more people would!

    Renee | Lose the Road

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    1. Isn't it? I've done little baskets of food and blankets for cat and dog shelters before but never thought of doing something like this. So glad to have found the idea now.

      xo

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  3. I never even thought about creating a shoe box for animals, I think it's a great idea and I'm really surprised about some of the contents for the Orangutans, especially the food parts! Will this box go to your sponsored Orangutan or will they share it between a few?

    I volunteer for Guide Dogs Newcastle, it's amazing to see how much the dogs can improve the quality of a blind or partially sighted person's life. The meetings are also great too as I'm surrounded by golden retrievers that want attention, my heaven! Haha

    This month I've volunteered to answer calls for Sports relief so that will be something a bit different but sure the atmosphere will be great

    Ami x
    www.cranberryandapricot.com

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    1. Yep, all of the contents (minus the chocolates as stated in the post) were for the apes. I no longer sponsor the orang, that was a few years ago now, but everything will be shared between all the different species in the park.

      Guide dogs is a great organization! My cousin actually has an ex guide dog who didn't make the cut and they also take others on rest bite. Baker (my dog) organized his very own sponsored walk to raise money back in 2014. :)

      That sounds like a very different way to volunteer! I'd be useless as I can't even talk on the phone for myself let alone something like that. haha I hope it goes well!

      xo

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  4. This is so lovely!
    I think a lot of people, me included, dont really think about giving care packages to animals! We should! It's a fantastic idea.

    I created a few shoeboxes for the homeless at Christmas, but I may create one like this soon! Thanks for the inspiration

    Sarah xxx
    whimsicalmumblings.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you!

      Ah I wanted to do some care packs for the homeless last year but there are no charities in my area. I'm hoping this year I will have a car and I'll be able to go to Edinburgh and deliver them myself.

      xo

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  5. I was wondering if the apes are allowed chocolate. :)) I think it's better to talk about charities, it only raises awareness. I love the idea of the box, I will share and I will fill a box too. xx

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    1. Haha no, I wouldn't have thought so. But seeing as it was Christmas I thought I'd include a little treat for the staff too.
      Let me know if you do one!

      xo

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  6. What a good idea.
    I have been abroad the past 2 Christmas's but my sister made a similar package for Dogs Trust. Over Christmas she went to her local rehoming centre and gave the dogs treats and cuddles. Animal shelters always need blankets and toys etc.

    This year for valentines day I've sponsored a duck at a local animal shelter for my partner. I think he is going to love it. It's way better than a card and chocolates.

    Helen
    Tea in the Tub

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    1. Aw bless her! I'd love to have been able to give hugs too. Not last year but the year before I did a basket of things for the Newcastle Cat and Dog shelter when we were living there, but I just rang the bell and ran away when they answered to say they were on their way haha.

      Aw sponsoring a duck?! That is super cute! I adore gifts like that. I actually adopted a Polar Bear for a friend this Xmas :)

      xo

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  7. This is such a great idea! Bet the apes will LOVE this package Danielle!

    Zoe x | www.zoelinda.co.uk

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    1. Thanks so much! I hope it went to good use :)

      xo

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  8. I think this is a genius idea! And I can't think of a favourite charity, I don't think I have one. I admit, I'm not very charitable in that sense - I did donate a load of old clothes to the clothing bin, and I occasionally I give money to causes, but generally not. I don't know why. But in the last year, I've grown a lot more conscious of this kind of thing, and try to do more, just to be a kinder person all round.

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  9. THIS IS MY FAVOURITE POST THIS WHOLE YEAR!!!! What a brilliant idea, and a great alternative to just donating money or adoption/ sponsorship. Sending you a huge *hug* Danielle for such an inspired idea. I can't wait to put one or two of these together. There are so many animal charities that I love and I don't actually know where to begin, but one of my favourites is a local one called Feline Cat Rescue, it's a cat charity run by good hearted volunteers http://www.felinecatrescue.org.uk/ . I also love The Fox Project http://foxproject.org.uk/ there simply aren't enough charities that help foxes. Animals Lebanon is another one that I love, it's a shame that I can't really send them a care package but they do a lot of good work http://www.animalslebanon.org// . Thank you again for this brilliant idea, Danielle I am so excited! x

    Amanda Winchester ♥ | AmandaSays

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    1. Ah Amanda you are the best - thank you so much for the support.
      They all sound like amazing causes! I love the sound of the Fox Project especially :)

      I've done baskets of food and blankets for local cat and dog shelters before but never something like this so it was a lot of fun. Postage was the biggest cost which is a shame because as you say, you can't really do it for charities outside of the UK.

      I'd love to see what you do when you do one!

      xo

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  10. Aww this is such a great idea! I visited Monkey World Ape Sanctuary once, and they had an Orangutan there named Aimee! Haha. I loved it. My favourite charity is not a well known one and is currently quite small. But hopefully with more donations etc, it can get bigger. It's called Kitten Lady, and is all about providing care, treatment and support for neonatal kittens. Seriously, so many neonatal kittens die in shelters because the staff aren't trained to look after them. The charity, run by Hannah Shaw who takes in many neonatal kittens herself and looks after them till they can go to new homes, aims to educate vet staff, shelter staff and find more foster homes that can look after and bring neonatal kittens to health before rehoming them in their forever home. I think it's such a great idea, and as a cat lover how could I not support this charity. The link to their webpage is; http://www.kittenlady.org/ if you'd like to read more about them! :) x www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

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    1. Aw did you?! Yes I remember Aimee :)
      Some of the best charitable organizations are just small and those are the ones that need the most help! Hannah sounds like one amazing lady!

      xo

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  11. What a lovely thing to do! I've been wanting to send some goodies through to a local shelter near me, Margaret Green Animal Rescue. I know they also have a wishlist on Amazon where you can buy things to help them out. I will get on this in the next few weeks, you've reminded me Danielle!

    Jenna
    xxx

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    1. Yes! I know a few places that have Amazon wishlists too. Its a fab way to give exactly what they need and it's possible to do it anonymously which I like.

      xo

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  12. I never knew you could do anything like this - it's fantastic! Thanks for doing this post (even though you were hesitant!) as I've learned something new and it's so bloody lovely!
    Jemma xx

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    1. Ah I'm glad you learned something :) Thanks for stopping by!

      xo

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