Stuffed With Love

The Problem

Depression and lonliness in the elderly is a growing problem. Depression is the most diagnosed illness in long term care facilities. My daughter, Madeline, who is 11, started this project when she was only 6. Madeline spends alot of time with me at work where I serve as director of nurses of a long term care facility. She has seen first hand the lonliness in the eyes of the residents and has vowed to do something about it. She takes new and gently loved stuffed animals, cleans them up, and hand delivers them to residents of long term care facilities, sick children at hospitals and first responders. By visiting with these people and leaving them a friend, she has made a positive impact on their lives.

Plan of Action

She is planning toy drives at many of the local schools, churches, and through civic organizations. To date, more than 4,500 stuffed animals have been collected, cleaned and delivered. This year she would like to not only double that number, but also add some younger girls to her team. She hopes to convey to them the importance of giving back to the community and the joy it brings. Her mantra is "Even little people can give big!"

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