Lake Forest students collect new stuffed animals for hospital patients

FELTON — If Lake Forest Central Elementary School seems a little happier inside, the students in the Random Acts of Kindness Club hope they played a part.

The club has worked hard all year on several projects from offering kind words to working on a day of giving, according to their advisor Secretary Michele Davis.

“For the last three years, the school has done the Great Kindness Challenge. We decided to start the Random Acts of Kindness Club so they can do stuff throughout the year as opposed to one week out of the year,” she said.

Ms. Davis added that the students do all the work, including brainstorming ideas like their current project, a stuffed animal drive.

“Some people in the hospital are hurt and can’t get better. So it brings a smile to their face,” fifth grader Hailey Mayle said of the drive.

New stuffed animals will be collected by the students from Monday, March 27 through Thursday, March 30. They can be brought to the office, or current students can bring them to their homeroom classes where students in the Random Acts of Kindness Club will pick them up.

“We’re trying to get people from the community, too. The more stuffed animals we get, the more kids we can help,” fifth grader Kameris Warren said.

Sophia Fridas, also in fifth grade, added that adults will be helped with new stuffed animals, too.

“When kids and adults are lonely, the stuffed animals help light up their day,” she said.

Students emphasized that stuffed animals have to be new per guidelines at Bayhealth’s Kent General Hospital where they will take the toys the following week.

Taking time out of their own schedules, the students will board a bus to deliver the stuffed animals themselves. The bus driver is donating the trip at no cost to the school.

“We do this to spread joy and make the world a better place. Or at least the state and our community,” fourth grader Jackson Clendaniel said.

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