Stuffed-Animal and Action Figure Drive

My daughter loves cats; thus, for her last birthday, she received six stuffed cats. Six! And while I am so appreciative of the generosity of friends and family, we don’t need piles of stuffed animals in every room. More than wanting to clear clutter, I’m organizing a stuffed-animal drive to help my kids fight entitlement. It is so hard for kids (and for all of us, really), not to hoard our possessions, not to think we are entitled to mountains of stuff, not to want more, more, more. The best way that I’ve found to combat that tenancy is to give to others. So, this month, we will be working with other local families to collect and donate new and gently-used stuffed animals.


Want to get involved?

1. Donate:  We will be meeting on Saturday, March 12th from 10am-12pm at Wendy Park in Newbury Park to collect items. (815 American Oaks Avenue). Bring your kids to play, and the adults will sort the donations. Please make sure donations aren’t dirty or ripped.

2. Spread the Word: It would be great if you could spread the word about our event!  Send Facebook messages, post about it on your social media sites, talk to people in person, make flyers, etc. Many people (especially those with kids) have stuffed animals they are willing to donate.

3. Support Great Organizations:  We will be donating to two places. Some of our items will go to the local police department, and, as mentioned in our local paper, “they give them to children who are involved in a variety of crisis situations from car accidents to domestic and sexual violence situations, or situations when a child or child’s family member is in crisis.” What a great cause! Since they can’t store too many items, most of our donations will go to Casa Pacifica, a fantastic place that supports children and families in their toughest times, striving to help them overcome challenges like abuse and neglect. When we picture kids in crisis hugging a stuffed-animal for comfort, we are inspired to give. Even if you can’t donate on March 12th, keep these organizations in mind when you have things to donate in the future.


I’m certainly not going to ask my daughter to give away her favorite kitty, but I will help her choose a couple to donate. I want to remind her (and myself) of the importance of giving to others rather than feeling entitled. Do you have any strategies that help you and your family fight entitlement? If so please share them! Thank you so much for reading, and let’s go love people on purpose. Hope to see you on the 12th!


About Kellie Van Atta

Kellie Van Atta is a wife, a mom of two, and a teacher of English. She lives in Southern California and is passionately dedicated to teaching her kids to love others.

4 comments on “Stuffed-Animal and Action Figure Drive

  1. Hello. I found your link on the City of T.O.’s Public Works website. Great idea and cause, My wife and I have 4 kids under the age of 11 so you can imagine the stuffed animal piles. We were going to sell them for $0.10 each at our garage sale but your stuffed animal drive is a much better idea. I am also the PTA President of Banyan Elementary so I will post you information on our FB page and let the other PTA Presidents in the district know about it.

  2. Hi Marshall,
    Thank you so much for your comment. I really appreciate you spreading the word. My son is 5, and we will be starting at Banyan in the fall. Hopefully, we will get a chance to meet on the 12th. I know many people have stuffed animals around, so I’m really excited for this event. Have a great day!

  3. Hello. I love the idea of your program. I may not be able to make it on Saturday but can I mail a stuffed animal/action figure to you as a donation? Where would I send it? Thank you.

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