This holiday season Fluff Dog is joining the team at Operation Payne to help create “bags of love” for homeless people in the Bay Area. Throughout the month of October we will be collecting various items for donation. We are so proud and honored to be a part of this special annual tradition, and we are inviting all of you to get involved as well.
“Operation Payne’s mission is so important,” says Fluff Dog owner, Michelle Wolff. “Helping your neighbor and fellow human feel something good for once. Especially these days. We need to help and love each other. Fill the world with positive energy to lessen the negative.”
Operation Payne Wish List
Feel free to bring any items for donation into the shop during our hours of operation. We will be collecting donations until October 31. Then Fluff Dog will join forces with Operation Payne at the beginning of November to help pack these “bags of love”. On Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve Operation Payne will be giving the stuffed bags to those in need.
The following items are needed for donation (blankets and clothing items can be used or new):
- Travel size shampoo
- Travel size mouthwash
- Hand lotion
- Decks of cards
- Small first-aid kits
- Lightweight snacks (i.e. granola bars, dried fruit, trail mix)
- Bottled water
- Canned food
- Gift cards to McDonald’s, Jack in the Box, KFC, Taco Bell
- Local resources guide
- Words of encouragement
Operation Payne’s Story
The story behind Operation Payne is truly one that touches the heart. Over 16 years ago, Bay Area local, Jim Payne, started putting together these supply bags and passing them out all by himself. For several years his family was unaware of his selfless act of kindness until one day his wife found him packing a bag in their garage.
When Jim unexpectedly passed away in 2009 his family decided to keep that part of his legacy going, and have been packing the bags every year since. “He always wanted to help others and would give the last of what he had to anyone when needed,” says Jim’s daughter, Michelle Payne, who now leads the Operation Payne mission. “When the first holidays came that year without him here, we decided that would be a way to honor him and continue his tradition.”
Jim’s family named this tradition Operation Payne, and have been able to put together about 30 bags on average every year since they took over. But the word about Operation Payne is spreading, and last year they more than tripled that amount, handing out over 90 bags! With Fluff Dog’s involvement this year we are hoping to collect enough items to exceed last year’s total.
Last Thanksgiving Michelle Payne posted a video on Facebook of Operation Payne out on the streets of Berkeley, about to hand out the bags. Her words on the importance of this mission are so moving: “We can’t fix everyone’s problems, but as my dad’s goal was to make a difference in someone’s day. And without everyone who helped we wouldn’t be able to affect the 95 lives that are being affected this morning, in a beautiful way, to remind them that they are important, that they’re thought about, and that they are loved, and that somebody cares.”
Do you have questions or thoughts about Operation Payne? Please feel free to share in the comments section below.