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Youngsters making toys

Posted on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 9:32 am

Emery Alford helps create a stuffed animal during the recent Oakland Baptist Church Santa Breakfast.

Sherry Alston, a member of Oakland Baptist Church in Gum Springs, delivered 37 stuffed animals made by children during the Santa breakfast held on Dec. 1, to the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office on Dec. 20 for officers to hand out to children in distress situations.

According to Alston the children stuffed and sewed the animal skins that were purchased by the Children’s Consignment Ministry team during one of the church’s consignment sales to donate to the sheriff’s office.

“It was a blessing to watch the children make these animals,” Alston said.

Alston said one little boy was hesitant to give his stuffed animal away until his older brother reminded him of their house fire and how they were given stuffed animals. The little boy then placed his stuffed animal under the tree.

“The department is very thankful for the generous donation from Oakland Baptist Church. These stuffed animals provide great comfort to children during stressful situations and help create a friendly bond between the children and deputies. The gesture from the church is a testament on how the community and law enforcement work together to help our community,” Major Donald Lowe, Louisa County Sheriff’s Office, said.

According to Alston, Oakland Baptist Church plans on continuing the tradition of making the stuffed animals at their annual Santa breakfast each year to donate to the sheriff’s office.