Local Girls Donate Their Own Toys

By: Rachel Alig Email
By: Rachel Alig Email

Meet Kayla and Jordan Gentry. Kayla is a fifth grader at Clarkdale Middle School and Jordan is a junior at Southeast High School. Although they can barely be classified as teenagers, they've already learned the significance of giving.

From one hand to another, those beanie babies will soon be passed along to many more sets of hands. You see, a neighbor gave Kayla and Jordan two giant garbage bags full of beanie babies. Rather than keep them, the girls gave the beanie babies to the Meridian Fire and Police Departments and Meridian's Wesley House.

"We gave some of them away and we didn't know what to do with the rest of them so we donated them," says Kayla.

The girls hope that the firefighters and police officers will give the toys away to comfort children. In case a child is in an accident or a possible fire, the girls realize a toy may make a terrible situation a little less stressful for children.

"When I was little, I always carried a stuffed animal around to comfort me. It might be embarrassing, but it helps if something goes wrong," remembers Jordan.

Now both girls, Kayla and Jordan, used to have beanie baby collections, so the idea of getting two garbage bags full of them was tempting. They quickly decided, however, that there were others who needed them more.

"Sometimes children, they are scared and hurt in fires and they just give them away and we didn't want to keep them all for ourselves," exclaims Kayla.

"Think of what you would want somebody to do for you and donate or help people in need because you might be in need one day," reminds Jordan.

This is not just an exchange of a toy, but an exchange of kindness.


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