My name is Valerie and I am a teacher-librarian. Though my children are older, I still love stuffed animals and have looked for a place to utilize this love. I found StuffedAnimalsForEmergencies online and after talking with the National Director, decided that this was an ideal outlet. I have been very pleasantly surprised by the generosity of people who send so many wonderful animals, and I am amazed at how many outlets there actually are once I began looking. People who work with children know the power of cuddling, and are eager to help the kids in their care by providing a willing stuffed animal the child can keep--no forms, no strings and no money needed.