New Haven’s Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is holding a stuffed animal drive for the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department from January 22-26. Any new or slightly used toys will be appreciated. All items donated should be brought to the cafeteria before school. FCCLA only asks that the toys should be small enough for children to hold.
Why is FCCLA doing this drive? Many children are in various situations that involve the police. In order to make the kids more comfortable, the Sheriff’s Department gives these toys away to help ease away any discomfort.
“Donating a stuffed animal could help ease the pain of traumatized children. So instead of letting one of your old stuffed animals sit in your basement forever, put it to good use because it could make a difference in a child's life,” Emily Scheer, president of FCCLA, stated.
Mrs. Jamie Miller, sponsor/leader of FCCLA, commented, “I believe the stuffed animal drive will benefit children in the Franklin County Community. A stuffed animal will comfort them during a very stressful time in his or her life. Anything we can do to make the experience less traumatic and a little more comfortable is very important.”
FCCLA’s overall goal is to help our community. That is why they chose to donate to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department. The Sheriff’s Department helps with many local incidents, and to give back, FCCLA decided to do this stuffed animal drive to help children in need.
“I feel it is important for the Family, Community, and Career Leaders of America to do a community service project that gives back to families, more specifically children,” Mrs. Miller added. “This is a very simple drive that students can participate in and make a big impact throughout Franklin County. I hope all students take the time to find a stuffed animal to donate and make a difference in a child's life.”
Emily Scheer also commented, “The F in FCCLA stands for family, so we try to do activities that will help and benefit families, especially kids. This drive is a great idea that will provide scared children with a comforting stuffed animal.”
The stuffed animal drive will be a huge help, so any contributions are welcomed. All donations are going to a great cause and will be appreciated.