If your house is anything like ours, it is being taken over by stuffed animals. This time of year I always get overwhelmed by toys and stuffed animals trying to figure out where we will put all the new toys the kids get for Christmas. Last year I found out about a great program called Tired Teddies. They take your old stuffed animals, clean them, and give them a new home.
Used stuffed animals will get a second chance this holiday season, thanks to the “Tired Teddies” toy drive sponsored by M&I, a part of the BMO Financial Group, and Stanley Steemer.Stanley Steemer will provide each M&I location with a box to collect used stuffed animals and will then pick them up each week for cleaning and sanitizing. The “refreshed teddies” will be donated to the local highway patrol, the Salvation Army and local children’s hospitals for distribution throughout the holiday season.
“We look forward to warming the hearts of children this holiday season with these pre-loved fuzzy friends in this partnership with Stanley Steemer,” said Dave Lindstrom, Senior Vice President of M&I.
The “Tired Teddies” toy drive runs through December 21 at each of M&I’s 16 branch locations in the St. Louis metro area. Visit http://www.mibank.com/ to find an M&I location to drop off stuffed animals.
Last year my son donated more than 30 of his stuffed animals and felt proud of it as well. I let him pick out all the ones to donate and he really enjoyed dropping them off to get a new home. Plus I got a little extra space in my house!