Comforting Cuddles Helping Kids One Stuffed Animal at a Time

VACATION IS ABOUT HANGING OUT, HAVING FUN AND JUST BEING KIDSBUT FOR ONE GIRL FROM SKYESVILLE– THIS SUMMER HAS BEEN ABOUT GIVING BACK AND HELPING OTHERS

ABC 2'S SHANNEL PEARMAN HAS MORE ON ONE 11-YEAR-OLD THAT PROVES YOU'RE NEVER TOO YOUNG TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE 3 NAT SOUND"So we have some monkeys and then we have some beanie babies and then we have a motorcycle dude" A BASEMENT FULL OF TOYS SOUNDS LIKE EVERY KID'S DREAMEXCEPT 11-YEAR-OLD RALEIGH ISN'T KEEPING A SINGLE STUFFED ANIMALSHE'S GIVING THEM ALL AWAYFOR A GOOD CAUSE Raleigh"Basically it is a community service where we get donations of stuffed animals to give to police, fire and emergency departments to put in their emergency vehicles to give to kids when they're not feeling comfortable in a scared otraumatic time

" SHE'S CALLING IT COMFORTING CUDDLESAN EFFORT TO HELP COMFORT KIDS WITH STUFFED ANIMALS DURING DIFFICULT SITUATIONS Raleigh"They comfort me a lot and it feels really good to know that stuffed animals are going to comfort kids that maybe lost some of theirs or are really really scared" RALEIGH TOOK HER IDEA AND TURNED IT INTO A FACEBOOK PAGEAND FROM THERETHE DONATIONS STARTING POURING IN

Erin Upton"It was pretty overwhelming to be honest We expected definitely our friends and family and people she knows at school to support it but once Facebook kind of took off and people got a hold of this it really just became such a big thing" Raleigh Upton"It feels really good to know that this has come this far because I never anticipated that it would come this far I basically just thought that we were going to get like a bucket full of stuffed animals" AND THEY RECEIVED A LOT MORE THAN A BUCKET OF STUFFED ANIMALSWITH A MOUNTAIN FULL OF TOYS– RALEIGH HAS TEAMED UP WITH EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS ALL OVER CENTRAL MARYLAND LIKE THE SKYESVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT WHO WERE EXCITED TO GET INVOLVED Shawn Kilgore "Someone to have the wear with all at her age to do what she's doing is pretty fantastic

" Erin Upton"It's been great to see her sort of be fearless with this and take it to the next level She didn't stop with just an idea She actually did the work to make it happen"AND THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING 3 FOR COMFORTING CUDDLES LOOKLIVE TAG: RALEIGH IS NOW LOOKING FOR MORE ORGANIZATIONS TO GET INVOLVED

SHE'S HOPING TO REACH EVEN MORE KIDS IN THE AREA ONE STUFFED ANIMAL AT A TIME FOR ABC 2 NEWS I'M SHANNEL PEARMAN

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