NSYMCA collects essential pet supplies for local shelters


The North Suburban YMCA Social Responsibility Committee collects essential pet supplies in January and February.

The supplies will be donated to three local animal shelters, including Wright-Way Rescue, Morton Grove; Orphans from Storm Animal Sanctuary, Deerfield; and Heartland Animal Shelter, Wheeling. Items can be dropped off at the Y reception at 2705 Techny Road, Northbrook.

Additionally, volunteers of all ages are invited to the North Suburb YMCA from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, February 27 to help create pet fleece blankets to donate to shelters. Constructing the blankets requires simple cutting and tying, with no sewing necessary. Space is limited and participants are requested to bring their own scissors and a meter of fleece.

“The community is encouraged to bring in their pet item donations anytime between now and February 27, the day of the pet blanket making event,” said committee chair Karen Brownlee. North Suburban YMCA Social Responsibility Program. “One of the easiest ways to teach our children about kindness and empathy is to treat animals well. The Pet Blanket Making Event helps nurture compassion for animals while providing opportunities for fun and family togetherness.”

Recommended pet items include: yard pieces of fleece; paper napkins; bleach; cat litter; Laundry; mops, brooms and buckets; trash bags and contractor bags; unopened pet food; office supplies (reams of paper, pens, highlighters, etc.); toys for dogs and cats; kongs and puzzle feeding toys; leashes, collars and harnesses; and Royal Canin BabyCat Kitten Food.

Social responsibility is a core belief of the North Suburban YMCA. The Y Social Responsibility Committee recently hosted a successful Blessing Bag Packing Day in December. Many of the volunteers were intergenerational families who came together to help local community members experiencing homelessness. For more information on the Y’s social responsibility activities, contact Karen Brownlee at [email protected]

To participate in the volunteer pet blanket making event, please register at nsymca.org or call (847) 272-7250.

The North Suburban YMCA serves Northbrook and 14 surrounding communities with programs and tools that help its residents be healthier, more connected and more confident, ensuring that everyone, regardless of age, income or background , have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. The NSYMCA focuses on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility and is a 501(c)3 charitable organization, inclusive and welcoming to everyone in our community. Learn more about NSYMCA.org.


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