This story originally appeared at InspireMore.
One of the best things about spring is the birth of new wildlife. Not only do we get to enjoy blooming flowers and trees, but we can see adorable baby animals too.
But spring also brings storms that can knock birds’ nests out of trees, leaving their little ones in danger. The Carolina Waterfowl Rescue is on a mission to help care for and rehabilitate these birds, and when they reached out to their community for help, they were amazed by how many people delivered!
The organization put out a request on Facebook this past April for tiny knitted bird nests to house the 3,000 rescues they expected this year. The handmade nests give chicks a place to sleep and grow that mimics their natural habitat.
One way or another, the sanctuary’s request was heard loud and clear — across the world! Since the post went up, they’ve received thousands of little knitting projects from Canada all the way to Japan. Clearly, people are loving the opportunity to contribute to such a wonderful organization. We’re sure the cute factor doesn’t hurt either!
According to founder Jennifer Gordon, in addition to receiving the nests, they’ve also seen an outpouring of community support in “all of these notes with these wonderful stories” that come with the donations. It’s a great reminder for their employees that people value and support the hard work that goes into caring for 3,000 birds on top of 1,000 other rescue animals.
The response has been so overwhelming that the animal sanctuary has more nests than they know what to do with! But that’s not to say they want the deliveries to stop. Whatever they have leftover will be donated to other sanctuaries, saving even more chicks.
Better still, the little beds can house other species! Smaller animals like kittens and opossums can find a safe haven in them as well.
This story has so many warm fuzzies to go around — literally! Thank goodness for this sanctuary and all the others like it that work tirelessly to save animals in need.
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