Delivering stuffed animals with matching books to one of our own community preschools—Collins—was especially thrilling this past month. The Preschool teachers worked diligently to get their new facility bright, colorful, safe, and inviting for their children on September 28th. As the bags of plush lions and puppies entered their classrooms, their eyes brightened and big smiles appeared.
This year, when the children arrive, they will be greeted not only by the teachers and staff but a matching plush animal and book of their very own. Each of the teachers providing on-site learning will present their children with one of the following: A Plush Beekle UnImaginary Friend with book; a Lion Cub with a book containing three stories from the Little Golden Book Collection--How Do Lions Say I Love You, How Do Penguins Play and How Do Giraffes Take Naps; or a Plush Poky puppy with a book containing The Poky Little Puppy, The Shy Little Kitten, and the Saggy Baggy Elephant--a total of 143 plush animals and books.
The above gifts, which have become an ongoing charitable program within Stormcells, have become a favorite with teachers, parents, grandparents, and the children throughout Kentucky preschools Moreover, the gifts, purchased at a discount through the Kohl’s Cares Program, provides not only the immediate joy for the children involved but the cost of the items goes forward through Kohls to support other charities for children—thus making the purchases twice blessed.
Watching the teachers accept the gifts was so heartwarming. As they hugged and played with the cubs and puppies, we realized that on our next trip, we will need to take extras for the faculty and staff—they deserve that and far more as they serve the precious children within our communities.
Roy and Dorothy Miller