As a mother, I understand the comfort that a stuffed animal can bring. Adrian and Lucia seek solace in my arms, or they reach for a special stuffed animal to soothe themselves. We started donating stuffed animals to Loving Hugs, Inc. last summer and have since been following their heart-warming work on social media.
Loving Hugs, Inc. distributes donations of stuffed animals (new and gently used) to children in war zones, orphanages, refugee and IDP camps, natural disaster zones and hospitals around the world. The organization began in 2007 when its founder Wendy Clark received a letter from a US soldier, detailing the horrific consequence for Iraqi children caused by insurgent bombing attacks. Wendy was inspired to help the innocent children who were injured, alone in hospitals and placed in orphanages after learning that their parents were killed. Her determination led her to help children all over the world, facing crises, with the emotional comfort of a loving “hug” to cuddle.
To get involved, please visit the Loving Hugs website, review their donation guidelines and remember that the recipients are living in the most difficult situations imaginable. Donations must be in excellent condition. Getting young children involved is a fantastic first “giving” project, and a Hugs Drive is a perfect service learning project for a school or community to take part in. Support can also be given by following their inspiring work on Facebook and Twitter.
This post is not sponsored in any way. I am happy to share this amazing organization. The image of the little girl in Guatemala is via Loving Hugs, Inc.