My name is Demi and this is Hop!
Hop and I have been friends for 11 years. Hop is a soft animal. I simply refuse to call him stuffed! I lovehim more every day. His ears are gnarly and his pink belly is thin, but his rattle still works. Even though I am 11 years old I still love Hop!
I have a little brother Dane and he loves soft animals too.
You can imagine how I felt when I found a bag of discarded soft animals. My heart cried. I looked at their faces…held each on in my arms…and decided I could make a difference. I will get some of my friends to write stories about each soft animal. Together we will find homes for each one. I will should to the world :come and adopt my homeless soft animals!”
But there were sooooo many homeless soft animals…and I only had 10 friends. My grandma said she would help and she has lots and lots of friends.
Grandma had a meeting at her house and asked he club friends to help. Her club friends were friends with another club and they all decided to help the homeless soft animals…and me!
You see their clubs needed help too! Their club had a club house that had to be fixed soon because the steps were falling down. So the Sorosis Club and the Music Club decided we could all work together and solve our problems. My ten friends, the Sorosis, the Music Club, Grandma and me were out to save the homeless soft animals.
Grandma talked to Major Mark from the Salvation Army about thee homeless soft animals. Major Mark said he would help us too! If he found any homeless soft animals, he would send them to us.
Grandma’s club friends are teachers and librarians. They become foster parents to the homeless soft animals. They helped to clean them up and wrote stories about each one.
But there were still so many homeless little ones. We all put our heads together and came up with a plan. We’ll advertise each one on a web site – AdoptASoftAnimal.com and we will let the world know.
Grandma’s friends will go to schools and tell the children ‘we need your help! We have so many homeless soft animals that need a child to love them. They need families. Please think about adopting an orphan instead of buying new.”
We have pretty ones, funny ones, small ones and big ones. Rabbits, bears, cats, dogs and some we are not sure exactly what they are! Lots and lots of special soft animals.
By the way, all of our soft animals have been paper trained. They prefer shredded newspaper over that plastic green grass. The ladies said it is better for the earth. You know “think green”.
Each soft animal comes with a simple little bed (gently used). One of our favorite animals was a boot warmer for a one legged farmer. His name is Hot Dog. He is a sock rabbit. His bed is an old boot. And he loves his boot! You can find him on our website too!
One more thing, we’re having a big party March 23rd at the Heckart Family Center. Miss Sue loves animals too! She offered to have a party at her place. We’re celebrating “adopting soft animals.’ Balloons and cookies, lots of soft animals to hug and love, adoption center with papers and a ceremony.
If you are a kid and you are reading this story, shout to the world! Let all your friends know, tell your teachers and don’t buy new this year. Adopt a gently used homeless soft animal. I’m buying one for my brother this year, but don’t tell him!