Is your house currently being overrun by invaders of he cute and fuzzy? I know that mine is and I didn’t have a clue what to do with all the stuffed creatures that are currently occupying all of the closets, shelves, and baskets in my house. That was until I stumbled upon Stuffed Animals for Emergencies that excepts new and previously loved stuffed animals, books, toys, and baby blankets to distribute to kids that have been the victim of natural and domestic emergencies.
SAFE (smart acronym) is currently supporting AdoptaPlatoon for their Operation Crayon where they give small stuffed animals to children in the areas that we are currently supporting as a humanitarian gesture. There is also Beanies for Baghdad that excepts beanie babies for similar humanitarian operations.
Personally, my niece and I are going to try to plan a teddy drive in our area to help before the holidays. If I can get things organized I’ll post details and pictures of the event. I think that this is a wonderful way to recycle all those teddy bears that are in need of a new home. Let me know if you plan on donating or have donated in the past to either these organizations or one I haven’t heard of yet. I’d love to hear your thoughts.
So What Can I Do?
- Collect all of your gentle loved stuffed creatures, children’s books, and baby blankets and then find your local SAFE chapter to donate.
- Start a teddy drive or beanie baby drive to collect and donate.
- Contact your local homeless shelter, American Red Cross, or women’s shelter to see if they accept gently loved items.