Broc Community Action of Southwestern Vermont is in charge of distributing the toys to children who show signs of special need this holiday season. Elizabeth, of Broc, encourages people to help in any way that they can, if they can. "We are grateful for everyone for being able to do anything. It really does make a difference."
Begins told about one of her favorite moments, "I must say I was in complete shock when I returned to the Stuffed Animal Shelter to relieve colleague Frankie G. for a lunch break and there were two brand new bikes parked on the sidewalk. A young woman had made a significant donation and her parents were right behind her pushing the bikes. They parked them in front of our shed and walked away stating that those were for the kids! It amazes me how kids have the biggest hearts, too." Frankie G. showed off two bikes that were donated to this photographer.
Another heartfelt moment was expressed by Begins: "Two teens pulled up to make a donation. I was ready to take their bag of toys and they said 'Wait we have a whole car full, where can we drop it off?' They were from Rutland High School as a part of the Giving Club. They had collected nearly 300 toys and $30."
The radio station would like to express their sincere gratitude for the local businesses that have helped once again this year to make this event such a success as well as the community for everyone's generosity. Special thanks to The Rutland Parks Department, Garden Time and Casella Waste Systems for helping make it possible.
Z-97 is still collecting toys, stuffed animals, gift cards, money. Contact Promotions Director, Amanda Begins at 802-775-7620 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"We are all looking forward to what stories will surface for next year's Stuffed Animal Shelter and what kinds of donations we'll see," she said.