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Stuffed Animals for Children in Need

Gifts for the Heart International
We all know stuffed animals are cute, cuddly and adorable, but did you know they are also being used to help kids in needy countries?

Lisa Stewart, a mother of four from Bellingham, Washington, has founded Gifts for the Heart International. (The website is new for this wonderful 501c3 charity, so be sure to check back often for updated information.) In the last year, they have gathered and delivered about 1,200 stuffed animals to Haiti, Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Bolivia and Thailand.

One of Lisa’s inspirations for her organization was the children’s book Elizabeti’s Doll written by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen. Set in a Tanzanian village, the story is about Elizabeti who watches her mother care for her new baby brother. She wants a little one of her own to cuddle but sadly has no doll. Instead, Elizabeti looks around for a suitable “baby” to cuddle and soon finds a rock that is shaped just right. Mimicking her mother, she names her baby rock “Eva” and proceeds to bathe, feed and change her.

Lisa thought it might be better if children like Elizabeti could have a real stuffed animal to play with instead of a rock. She believes “American children often do not understand that children in many countries don’t have something as simple as a stuffed animal.” Her mission now through Gifts for the Heart is “To take as many stuffed animals as we can out of our abundant life, and give them to children who have nothing. To bring joy through a simple gift.”

If you are interested in donating to Lisa’s cause, have your kids help find the gently used plush animals in your home they no longer play with or let CDK assist as we offer many wonderful plush pets looking for a new home. Handfuls are adorable little pets just the right size to fit in a child’s hands. Choose from dozens of animals such as an elephant, bear, fox, bunny or chipmunk. All our pets are priced just right to fit any budget.

To read the full story published in The Bellingham Herald and obtain Lisa’s contact information visit: Bellingham mother gathering stuffed animals for needy kids in other countries.

In support of this great cause, CDK Kids is offering 10% off stuffed animals with coupon code G4TH10. If you'd like, we can even ship your stuffed animal donation directly to Gifts for the Heart International. Simply use the address shown below as the shipping address on your order during checkout.

Gifts for the Heart International
4152 Meridian St.
Suite 105, PMB 129
Bellingham, WA 98226