At this year’s Newmindspace Pillow Fight in Union Square, it was time to do something with the leftover pillows, and to leave the park clean instead of a huge mess. I coordinated with the organizer of Newmindspace, who loved the idea of collecting pillows for donation to animal shelters. The organizer asked participants to bring fiber-filled pillows instead of feather pillows, so they could be donated.
I thought we’d collect maybe 200 pillows.
We collected 1,000!
After delivering the 200 pillows the animal shelters were expecting, we had 800 left. We put ads on craigslist and freecycle and invited everyone to come get free pillows. We donated to animal shelters, homeless shelters, battered women’s shelters, individuals, and city agencies. We had a few left by the end of the weekend, which were just too raggedy for use.
I can’t wait to do this again next year, with a bigger truck!
We also provided loads of trash bags and brooms for clean up. I was happy to see so many people step up to help clean up! We left the park nearly spotless, with all the leftover pillows and bags of trash in one spot for the waiting Sanitation truck to pick up. Thank you, wonderful volunteers!
Email PillowsforPuppies@gmail.com to volunteer to help in 2011 in SF or NYC!