It’s a proven fact, people are getting really creative about how they spend their time quarantined when in their home. You have people painting their windows, making up workouts or creating funny activities.
But there are also people doing charity or donating food and other supplies and just generally trying to help out where they can. And that doesn’t mean you have to be wealthy and rich to make something extraordinary. Sometimes it’s just a small act of kindness for…a squirrel.
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One Pennsylvania man named Rick Kalinowski decided one day to build a picnic table for the squirrels that were playing around in his neighborhood. He had a bit more free time to spend at home after having a halt in his work as a plumber and HVAC contractor.
The picnic table is made from leftover scraps from a wooden deck he previously built, and are the perfect sized pieces for the squirrels, who eat the food Kalinowski leaves out on top of it.
“I buy a variety of nuts and seeds for the squirrels along with fresh-cut fruit; it brings me happiness especially during these uncertain times,” he said. “The squirrels just looked so happy and cute eating.”
Once Kalinowski shared a picture of one of his handmade mini picnic tables and a squirrel eating at one, he turned into a Facebook sensation that gone viral.
“I had about 46 people say they wanted one,” he said.
It really worked out for him, as he was able to pick up this new ‘job’ as his regular one went on a hiatus. After meeting tons of orders, he decided to set up on an online store on Etsy called Squirrelly Treasure Co., which you can find here.
“Within 48 hours [of setting up the Etsy store] I had 300 orders,” he said.
In addition to selling picnic tables for squirrels, he has also offered DIY kits so people can make their own while stuck at home. He also begun selling replacement feeding bowls.
A lot of people contacted directly Kalinowski, with pictures of tables they’ve made on their own.
Kalinowski isn’t just selling these picnic tables for a profit. He actually donated a few table plans to women’s shelters and cancer centers. That way, patients can have a bit of entertainment and joy as they get treated.
“It’s going to bring a lot of joy,” he said. “I don’t think it will die down.”
See squirrels roaming around where you live? Check out Kalinowski’s store to buy your own squirrel picnic table or kit to make your own!
How cute are these picnic tables? Do you think you can make or buy one?