It began with a letter…  Lee Elementary 1st grader Lucy Fincher sent Family & Children’s Services a letter asking if her class held a stuffed animal drive, would Family & Children’s Services be willing to accept the donations?


Lee Donation

Without hesitation, we enthusiastically agreed and on Valentine’s Day, 60 first graders showed how to truly give from the heart.

Lee Smiling Student

Lucy’s teacher Jenni Caldwell said, “The students’ vision for the use of the stuffed animals is that they will be given to children in crisis to help them feel safe.” Robyn Haley, Early Childhood Program Senior Program Manager, was on hand to thank the students for their hard work and explain how taking care of others and celebrating love is something we can all do year round.

Lee Students Listening

What began as a sweet thought… collecting stuffed animal soon grew in scope and purpose. The children embraced the project and soon the drive expanded to include blankets and coats.

Lee Class

It began with a 7-year-old’s letter and ended with more than 150 children receiving an act of love on a Valentine’s Day they won’t soon forget.

 Lee Letter

Family & Children’s Services welcomes the support of community clubs and organizations, businesses, schools and  individuals. To make the necessary arrangements and receive marketing support from Family & Children’s Services, please contact  Melanie Henry.