When you’re driving more than 600 miles a week to deliver much needed pet supplies to a half dozen animal shelters in California transportation is critical. Operation Blankets of Love got an early Christmas president, a 2013 Toyota Sienna Van with a GPS system this week from Hamer Toyota, Mission Hills, as part of the Toyota Cars for Good program. It replaces an old white van that kept breaking down.
“It important to give back to the community,” said Dave Gilman, general manager, Hamer Toyota, Mission Hills. “Our community supports us by getting their cars serviced here and buying vehicles. We believe it’s very important for Toyota to give back to their communities.”
“We provide aid and comfort to animals in shelters, in rescue groups and even wildlife sanctuaries,” explained Founder Eileen Smulson, Operation Blankets of Love (OBOL). “We collect old and new items like blankets, towels, portable shelter and we have received so much support that OBOL has become the Red Cross of animal shelters.”
OBOL serves some 60+ Animal Shelters rescuing about 1,000 animals per month at no charge.
The charity started out as an idea to provide a few blankets to the shelters, but when the Smulsons asked pet stores and friends to donate blankets and supplies, dozens became hundreds and now thousands of blankets and items are donated monthly.
Brad Smulson, OBOL’s driver, who receives the daily SOS calls from shelters and other animal rescue organizations, shouted out a “Big Thank You!” to all supporters and Facebook fans Online. Moments before receiving the keys to the Van, “We drive hundreds and hundreds of miles each week to deliver blankets, towels, comforters and food. We just want to thank Toyota, Hamer Toyota, all our community friends and MAYO Communications that supported our campaign.”