Local elementary students collect stuffed animals to help others

FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - Hugging a teddy bear can make anyone feel better.

That's why group of 7 first graders from Lewis and Clark elementary school collected teddy bears and donated them to Cass and Clay county social services.

The students put together public service announcements, designed posters, collected, counted, and organized the event.

The group collected 161 new teddy bears and other stuffed animals during National Kindness Week.

The donations came in from school staff, students, families, and the community.

Stacy Anderson says activities like this one are easy for any group to do and make learning more meaningful and engaging.

“I think it helps show them that little people can do great things. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to make a difference in the life of one if not 161 kids who are going to receive these bears." said Anderson.

The donated bears will be used by Cass and clay county services and will end up in the hands of children in crisis situations to provide some needed comfort.

"We Care bears" was started in San Diego in 2013.