Recently, my son chose to have a Fetch Ruff Ruffman birthday party, based on the children's series on PBS. Instead of asking for parents, he asked everyone to bring "gifts" for the animals at the Humane Society. This was my idea/suggestion, but he wholeheartedly agreed this was what he wanted to do.
The kids and I took all of Tornado's birthday party donations to the Humane Society this week. Here he is, holding some of them. The kids were all really proud, each carrying something inside, and the people seemed very appreciative of everything we brought. We're still going to volunteer sometime, but we haven't been through volunteer training yet.