Share the Lovies: BV GT students take part in toy drive

Friday, November 10, 2017

Berryville Gifted and Talented (GT) students will be sharing the love this holiday season through a stuffed animal and toy drive.

GT teacher Delene McCoy said the students are participating in the “Share the Lovies” program, collecting new and gently used stuffed animals and toys to give to children in need around the world. She said seventh-grade GT student Emma Hall brought the idea to them.

“My cousin and aunt went to Africa, so we went online later and got a sponsor child,” Hall said. “The past two years for my birthday, I collected money donations, and we would send our sponsor child in Africa stuff.”

She later started participating in the Share the Lovies program, she said, because she always had stuffed animals laying around.

“We packaged them up and sent them,” Hall said. “Then the program brought them to Africa and the other places they help.”

She said Berryville GT students will box up and deliver the stuffed animal donations to Kaylee Laster, who will be traveling to Africa to deliver them to children in villages and slums as part of Shares the Lovies. Deliveries will also be made to orphanages in Ukraine, a community program in Jamaica, a rural village in Alaska and a Native American reservation in North Dakota, she said.

Hall said the students will be collecting the stuffed animals at school, and members of the community can make donations by sending them to McCoy’s classroom at the middle and high school or Larissa Allen’s classroom at the intermediate school by Friday, Nov. 17.

She said she is excited to have the GT program participating in Share the Lovies.

“I know the GT program will try to help,” she said. “If you just announce it, they will forget, but, if you talk about it daily, they will remember and bring them in.”

Hall said she hopes they collect a lot of stuffed animals for the drive.

“I think Shares the Lovies is a good program because this is the only thing some of these kids get for Christmas,” she said. “They can have something to hold.”

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