Stuffed Animal Drive to Benefit Area Children

Students enrolled in Canadian Valley Technology Center’s Business Office Technology program recently undertook a stuffed animal collection drive across campus. Their efforts yielded more than 350 stuffed animals, which will be redistributed to children by Chickasha firefighters and Grady County Sheriff’s Department deputies.

December 9, 2016

CHICKASHA – In the spirit of the season, it could be said that children and stuffed animals go together like milk and cookies.

Students in the Business Office Technology program at Canadian Valley Technology Center had the former in mind when contemplating a community outreach project.

Each year, class leaders in the student organization – Business Professionals of America (BPA) – plan an outreach in conjunction with an area organization.

Class instructor Wendi Ferrell encouraged the students to brainstorm ideas and to vote on which pitch they liked best.

The chosen project was a stuffed animal drive. Teddy bears and other various zoo animals were collected from programs all across CV Tech’s Chickasha Campus.

Three hundred sixty-four cuddly critters were collected. Some small. Some larger than life. They will be redistributed by Chickasha firefighters each time they encounter children in stressful situations.

“The stuffed animals help to calm children down,” Ferrell said. “Firefighters have seen the benefits of offering children a stuffed animal in a stressful situation, such as a fire or car accident. Children appreciate having something to cuddle with.”

Students also donated a bag of stuffed animals to Grady County Sherriff’s Department Dep. Michael Chavers, who also serves as the school resource officer.

Students who donated stuffed animals in many cases purchased them new, Ferrell said, though used animals in great condition were accepted as well.

ShaCoria Klingler, a Ninnekah senior, helped organize the stuffed animal drive.

Klinger, 18, who serves as BPA president, said it doesn’t bother her that she won’t see the smiles on the faces of children receiving the stuffed animals.

“I know stuffed animals make children happy,” she said. “We had kids in mind from the start when planning about what we could do for the community.”

Students in Business Office Technology are pursuing careers in office administration and business management. BPA has 45,000 members in over 1,800 chapters through 25 states and Puerto Rico.

Ferrell said CV Tech plans to add both marketing and human resource management components to the program curriculum next fall.