Winnipeg students collect plush animals for kids in crisis
Madison Vanderhooft, 10, launches 'Cuddles 4 Kids' collection drive
Stuffed animals will soon be riding along in Winnipeg ambulances to provide comfort for children in emergencies, thanks to two students who collected the toys.
Mayor Sam Katz thanked Madison Vanderhooft and her cousin, Cameron Houle, as they delivered 140 plush animal toys to the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service on Tuesday.
The cousins gathered the donated toys from their schools as part of "Cuddles 4 Kids," an initiative that Madison started in November.
The stuffed animals will be offered to children who are being transported to hospital by ambulance or are seeing a loved one being taken to hospital.
It's hoped that the toys will offer a little comfort to kids who are going through what can otherwise be a scary and stressful time, according to officials.
Madison, a fifth-grade student at Grosvenor School, said she got the idea for Cuddles 4 Kids after reading a magazine article about a girl who donated her own stuffed animals to the local fire station.
Cameron, 13, said he started collecting stuffed animals at his school, Calvin Christian School, after his cousin told him about the project.