Although most people think about doing good deeds for others, it takes a special someone to dedicate themselves to others. And few people have as big a heart as 89-year-old Maisie. This elderly woman has put her knitting skills to the test by putting string after string together to create warm blankets for animals who truly need this valuable resource during wintertime.

Every blanket that Maisie Green, 89, knitted will be going to the dogs who have yet to find their forever homes. With 450 blankets donated to the cause, Maisie is making sure that these pooches do not feel too neglected while waiting for someone to come into their lives and adopt them. She hopes to bring a “smile” to the faces of these dogs. And while that might never happen, she certainly can give these dogs a better quality of life by donating the 450 blankets to them at the Dogs Trust Basildon shelter.

According to the website I Heart Dogs, “89-year-old Maisie has managed to knit approximately 450 cozy blankets and sweaters for the pups awaiting forever homes at the Dogs Trust Basildon shelter.”

Maisie loves dogs and loves knitting, so she figured it was only a natural thing for her to combine her two loves in this charitable initiative.

She said, “I love knitting, and I love dogs, so this combines both wonderfully! It takes me three days to knit a blanket and one day to knit a doggy coat. It keeps me busy, and often I like to knit whilst watching television. I’m delighted to be helping the four-legged residents at the center in some way.”

According to the Dogs Trust Facebook page, they’ve been running the Hope Project to give abandoned dogs some hope during the holidays for years now. They’ve even published a call to action from the community to give to dogs in need.

“Nifty with needles or handy with a crochet hook? We’re calling all crafty types to contribute home-made dog coats for our Hope Project Christmas hampers,” the shelter wrote in the Facebook post. “Hope Project has been helping dog owners who are homeless or in temporary housing access veterinary care for their best friends since 1994. We want to add a little festive warmth by stuffing stockings with warm coats, and we need your help. Non-knitters can chip in too – follow the link to find out how, or to get a pattern and tips if you’re planning to get knitting.”

Maisie was able to make a big difference in the lives of needy dogs. The post of her standing beside her hundreds of doggie blankets has gone viral for a good reason.

The shelter wrote, “Local dog lover Maisie Green aged 89 years hand knits blankets and dog coats for Dogs Trust Basildon. Over the years, she has knitted an estimated 450 items for the dogs at the center to enjoy. Thank you so much, Maisie!”

Do you think this woman is making a positive impact in the lives of animals? What is something you would want to do to help?

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