Pleasanton Rage U11 Orange and White team members joined together this fall to help kittens and cats in need by donating handmade blankets and catnip toys, plus other supplies, to Pleasanton-based Valley Humane Society.
"As a group, we decided it was important to do a project that helped out in our hometown of Pleasanton," the girls said in an email to the Weekly. "Pets don't have a voice to ask for help, so we used ours to help them. We also used our actions to make their life and our community better."
The group consisted of Ava Hofstede, Elizabeth Fineberg, Elizabeth Williams, Jordyn Scanlon, Lily Keegan, Kianna Tahmessebi, Paige Morgan and Sophia Marcoux -- working on a leadership service project through their soccer club.
The girls made more than 40 fleece blankets to help kittens and cats stay warm at the Valley Humane Society shelter. They also made more than 100 catnip toys to help the cats get some exercise and fun in the shelter's "Kitty City."
In addition, they donated supplies from the Valley Humane Society wish list to help the cats and dogs feel more comfortable and less stressed while at the shelter awaiting adoption.
"We enjoyed this project because it showed us how much we can accomplish as a group," the girls said. "Making the blankets and toys felt good because we knew we were doing something important for our community."
The project also taught them key lessons in leadership, they said.
"In our leadership class, we learned how important it is to work together and to listen to each other's ideas," they added. "We also learned that leaders have a tough and valuable job, which can sometimes be hard to balance. They have to be fair, work hard and be a role model for the team."