What happens when you bring together 54 sled dogs, 23 children, and 1 mayor?
A lot of goodness and a lot of love.
We found that out last week when we participated in the Head of the Lakes United Way’s annual Day of Caring. The Day of Caring “matches teams of community-minded volunteers with local non-profit agencies in need of extra hands.”
Because of our family’s love of volunteering outside, Outside In Duluth organized a group of old and new, big and little friends to help at Positive Energy Outdoors, a local non-profit organization that provides opportunities for low-income youth to connect with nature and explore the outdoors through rock climbing, paddling, dog sledding, and more.
Our task? To give love to the sled dogs and puppies, paint doghouses, sort dog sledding equipment, and repair canoe paddles.
The kids willingly took up paintbrushes and rollers…
sand paper and sanders…
and their own loving hands.
The highlight for everyone was cuddling the two new puppies.
It was wonderful to see a group of children working together to do good.
Puppies and Politics
Daley, who is 8, had studied local politics last year at school. Therefore, I mentioned several times prior to the Day of Caring that the new mayor would be at the event. He seemed really excited to ask her a bunch of questions, like “What is the most difficult part of being mayor?”
After the event, I asked him, “So, how did you like meeting the mayor?”
His responded with disbelief, “The mayor was there?”
Looks like puppies took precedence over politics. Mayor Larson, for the record, I enjoyed meeting you. 🙂
Our Grateful Thanks
A big shout out to Steph Love and Blake Cazier, the directors of Positive Energy Outdoors, for offering to our children an opportunity to foster a love of animals and altruism in a natural setting.
Also, thank you to Machelle Kendrick, United Way’s Marketing and Communications Director, for encouraging me to organize a group of volunteers. It was an honor to be part of the 400+ volunteers who made a difference across the area on the Day of Caring.
Lastly, thank you to the parents who took time out of their busy schedules to bring their kiddos to help out. Adults often surround Daley and Finely when we volunteer so it was very special for them to be with a large group of their friends and peers.
But petting puppies?
That was top dog!
The Day of Caring happens annually in June. Mark your calendar to Live United. Our family can’t wait to see what fun awaits us next year!
Have you ever been involved in the Day of Caring? Share your experiences in the comment box below. Thanks!