"It makes you feel good the kids are interested in helping out," he said. "It's nice to see them get involved."
In the spirit of a true symbiotic partnership, the students also said they enjoyed doing their part.
"It was fun for us because it's something that will benefit kids," said sophomore Joshua Powers. "It felt nice to be generous."
Carissa Hemingway, another sophomore who took part in the project and donated an additional 15 stuffed animals of her own, said she was happy to help.
"I know how kids like stuffed animals, so I just figured I'd bring in ones I didn't need anymore," she said. "We just wanted to help."
The students will continue to collect new or gently-used stuffed animals in good condition for future donations to the departments. Those interested in making a donation may bring stuffed animals to the school, 5586 U.S. Route 11, during school hours or contact their local fire departments and rescue squads.