November 3, 2010 at 7:00 pm in INFORUM
At first, the stuffed animals went into shoe boxes sent to kids in other countries. Then they began showing up anonymously on windshields of vehicles parked at Fargo hospitals. Continue Reading
Tags: Bob Lind, Fargo, neighbors, North Dakota, sanford, Sanford Health, stuffed animals, teddy bears 24 Comments »
I knew there wasn’t any ulterior motive behind this, no one who had anything but goodness in their heart would do something like this. Shame on anyone who thought otherwise.
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I don’t know this story just made me smile.
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Her heart is truly in the right place! God bless her and her family!
Not wanting credit for the act, you can’t get much better than that.
I hope life treats her well!
Would be nice to have a drop off for used stuffed animals so she can use them.
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What a great story. Kind of renews your faith in the goodness of humanity.
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This world would be a much better place if we had more people like her, great story!
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I’m so relieved that these animals are not going to the landfill! What a nice lady!
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This is an absolutely wonderful story!
God bless her and her family for the act of kindness and generosity that she is giving.
The thought of the smile the animals bring to a child or other patient who is sick, melts your heart.
I am curious as well, if there is a way others can donate their unused stuffed animals to her?
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Now where are all the atheists claiming that Christians are evil and that they are so much better? How come the freethinkers don’t do this kind of thing?
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When I read the story I wondered who could come up with a comment designed to bring us all down, and I guess you get the prize, and it’s not a stuffed bunny.
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Thanks, Bob, for a great story! (And you made the front page! Perfect location.)
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I still say its an attack of the killer bunnies
What a wonderful way to let people know they are loved and someone is thinking about them during a difficult time.
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Maverick, hilarious comment! Laughed out loud. Zardoz, not every single thing on the face of the earth is motivated by religious belief. Sometimes people do stuff just because they’re good people. Sometimes they do bad stuff just because they’re bad people.
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Nice story…I doubt if many thought of these stuffed animals as a threat. What would the world be without those who care about others?
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I hope all of you who thought that there was something sinister about the stuffed critters are now hanging your head in shame for wanting to put those poor fuzzy critters in the landfill. What a great story, and many thnaks to the lady who takes the time to make it a better day for some people and especially for a child in need.
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What a cute story! If I had an excess of stuffed animals, I know what I’d do with them.
I had a friend that passed away in August and she had a ton of stuffed animals (mostly beanie babies), I would to get in contact with this lady to ask her if she wanted any of them.
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Should read: ‘I would LOVE to get in contact….’
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Really great story, love how the woman chooses to remain anonymous.
Just wish someone with some journalistic style could have written the article.
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I’m glad she was able to clear the questions up so everyone can enjoy the gifts without sorry. She’s a true giving soul, and I hope the blessings come back to her tenfold.
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wow what a climactic ending.
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This renews my faith in the “pay it forward” concept. My family does something similar for a similar reason. My daughter started cancer treatments at Roger Maris Cancer Center in 2004. Her first treatment she was given a stuffed animal from the notorious T.E. Bear. That one stuffed animal remained with her through all 3 years of her cancer battle. That first Christmas she decided to do something similar. She created “gift stockings” for the kids on the 4th floor Children’s Hospital. She saved her 4-H fair money and bought neat little games and fun things for the kids to do. And included at least 1 “noisy toy” such as a bell, or a whistle, or whatever…”to keep the nurses on their toes and to make the child smile” is what she always said. She also did it for Easter…ceating “Easter Baskets” and sneaking into the playroom to drop them off when no one was looking. She would leave a little note with each to “share with someone who needs a smile and an angel on their shoulder.” For 3 years very few knew who it was delivering the baskets. One year, 2006, she ended up with one of her own baskets, as she had ended up in ICU in a coma on Easter Sunday. The hospital staff left her a basket for when she woke up. That was the first thing she smiled about 4 weeks later when she woke. Then she had to tell the nurses to give it to another child…she got what she needed from it…knowing the staff was giving it to kids who needed that smile. My daughter was diagnosed as terminal on Easter Monday of 2007. She continued to shop for the gifts for the kids at the hospital knowing she may not make it to Christmas to deliver them. She made my family promise before she passed to continue with the gifts for the kids. Just because she was gone she didn’t want the kids to go without. She passed away August 18, 2007. Christmas of 2007 we as a family delivered 22 “gift stockings” along with 80 gifts from local Girl Scouts in our area to the Children’s Hospital. We still to this day deliver Easter and Christmas gifts to the hospital. Since that time we have included lap quilts and decorations made by elderly residents at the nursing home I work at. Every year we look forward to shopping for her “gifts” to the kids. And every year I am so amazed at how many “pay it forward”.
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God bless you and your family. Your daughter sounds like she was a very sweet and caring person.
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Great story and I am truly sorry for your loss! Your daughter sounds like she had her heart in the right place also and was a great person. God bless you and your family.
Karen Hatch, how beautifully you honor the life of your child. The world needs so many more like you.
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Karen, thank you for your beautiful gesture and for continuing what your daughter started. I am a childhood cancer survivor. When I had cancer in the early 70′s, I spent many nights in the hospital alone as my parents also had two younger children to care for. Our insurance rep gave me the gift of a musical stuffed panda. I loved that panda! I named him Bobby and he went everywhere with me, on doctor appointments, hospital stays, chemo treatments… He brought me immense comfort and security. I’m not sure whatever happened to Bobby. My Mom probably threw him out because he was getting pretty ratty looking, but I still keep my eyes open at Thrift Stores and Antique shops looking for a stuffed musical panda! To the person leaving the stuffed animals on vehicles: Thank you! You are probably bringing more smiles and comfort to sick kids and their families than you will ever realize.
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