Project Kids We Care were the combined efforts of the central peninsula churches to gather stuffed toys for children who had experienced the trauma of Hurricane Katrina. As the stuffed animals arrived, bags of Beanie Babies arrived, as well. Small tags were attached to every toy to convey on important message: Jesus loves you and me.
At that time in December, the Kenai Rotary Club was preparing a shipment for the men and women stationed in Iraq. It was exciting to think this could be an opportunity for the soldiers to personally give a gift to the children in Iraq, as well.
The Rotary Club agreed and soon 730 tagged Beanie Babies were on their way. As a result, the soldiers were able to personally give out the Beanie Babies to the children letting them know that we care about them, too.
Thanks to cooperation from the Lynden Transport Co., our community project was successful with a shipment to New Orleans on Jan. 13, sending 780 stuffed animals to let the kids still recovering from Katrina know we care.
Only by team effort was Project Kids accomplished. Churches in the community gathering all the toys, Dick Ruckman providing the room at Superstructure to receive all the donations, Mike Sweeney for the use of the needle guns to attach the tags, ladies from the Sterling Lutheran Church who prepared and tagged all the stuffed toys for shipment, workers at Lynden who shrink-wrapped and shipped the tow totes for New Orleans, and the Kenai Rotary Club for incorporating the Beanie Babies into their shipment to Iraq.
A sincere thank you to all for touching the hearts and lives of many children that they may know we care.
Pastor Jim Pearson
Sterling Lutheran Church
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