Middle schooler collects stuffed animals for Haitian children

Posted February 26, 2010

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— A seventh-grader at Four Oaks Middle School collected hundreds of stuffed animals for children in earthquake-stricken Haiti.

Ashton Makey got motivated after seeing "so many lost and traumatized children on TV who appeared to have nothing," Johnston County Schools spokeswoman Terri Sessions said in a release Thursday.

Ashton started a toy collection drive called Healing Haiti and collected 403 stuffed animals. She gave them to the 82nd Airborne Division to be distributed in Haiti.

The 82nd Airborne awarded Ashton a certificate recognizing her volunteer service and support to the unit's mission.


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  • cwood3 Feb 26, 2010

    Great job young lady.God bless you.

    This young lady needs to meet Helen Little of Clayton. Ms. Helen will take her to Haiti like she has many others in the Clayton area. When the earthquake hit, our teens at Horne Memorial UMC in Clayton were out in front collecting supplies for Haiti. Many had been there before the quake.

    We are so blessed in this country and we worry about such trivial stuff.

  • just my2cents Feb 26, 2010

    Great idea Ashton! How can we get you more stuffed animals?

  • lakelover Feb 26, 2010

    So little can mean so much. I wish I had thought of this.

  • 1 of the original Americans Feb 26, 2010

    I have tons of stuffed animals would love to donate... anyone know where?

  • anneonymousone Feb 26, 2010

    Well done, Ashton! To have the compassion to know that children would need comfort is one thing, but to make the effort to get something done about it is outstanding.