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Boonsboro fifth-grader coordinates stuffed animals drive for children at hospital

January 07, 2008

Michaela Miller, a fifth-grader at Boonsboro Elementary School, wanted to do something special for the children in her community.

Michaela went to her teacher, Mr. White, and said she wanted to do a stuffed animal fundraiser for the children who were at the local hospital.

Mr. White said it was a great idea, but she would have to talk with Mr. Woods, the principal, to ask for permission. Mr. Woods agreed as long as Michaela called the hospital and got permission. Michaela called and spoke with Bret King, who gave her the go-ahead.

Michaela made an announcement on Tuesday, Dec. 18, and only four days later, Michaela had collected 205 stuffed animals and one puzzle with the help of the students from Boonsboro Elementary School for the children at Washington County Hospital.

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When Michaela dropped the toys off at the pediatric ward on Dec. 21, her eyes began to fill with tears.

"Mom, I feel so bad for these children that have to spend the Christmas holidays at the hospital, and I hope with these stuffed animals that every child will have at least one toy to open on Christmas Day," she said.

Well, with a trolley full of bagged stuffed animals, it looked like Michaela's dream came true.

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