Staff and children at the Chamisa Elementary YMCA Afterschool program discussed gratitude last month.
Y counselor Stephanie Fanning told the kids about her student teaching experience at a Title I school in Amarillo, Texas and about how little the children had.
Second grader Ava Bean asked if something couldn’t be done for those kids, and thus launched “Ava’s Project” a spin-off idea related to Rudolph’s Island of Misfit Toys. Ava was inspired to share joy and love with children beyond the community of Los Alamos.
The Y Afterschool program is collecting used stuffed animals, “stuffies,” that will be laundered, and wrapped in a ribbon and tag that says, “I’m a misfit toy, will you please love me?”
Parents, children and interested individuals are asked to bring medium to small sized donations of previously loved, gently used “stuffies” to the Y’s donation boxes at the Family YMCA, Chamisa Elementary School and Mountain Elementary School (more locations coming soon) by Dec. 14. The animals will be made-over and delivered to the school by Fanning.