Thought I would share with you what happens after the stuffed animals are washed and get their prayer tags added. We sort and bag them by extra large, large, medium, small and mini size. Anything fish related are bagged for The annual Ohio Fish and Shrimp Festival booth in September. Beanie Baby size are bagged for Urbana Trick or Treat night and would we would like to add West Liberty Trick or Treat night this year. The mini size are for Samaritan Purse Christmas boxes. We have a church that gets several hundred for their Christmas ministry in Kentucky or Tennessee and the Tribe motorcycle group who have a Sidney parade ministry. The Teddy Bear Lady passed out stuffed animals at the West Liberty Christmas parade and would like to add a Christmas parade this year at North Lewisburg where she grew up. She also gives them away as free game prizes at the West Liberty Labor Day Festival. We have folks who contact us for other ministry giveaways as well, such as festivals, nursing homes, schools etc. The more new or gently loved stuffed animals we get the more we can give away! We are working on breaking the highest yearly donation record set in 2011 of 4, 348!
As the end of the year nears I am looking forward to planning for next year. We are going to hopefully beat the 2011 donation record of 4, 348. I would appreciate prayers for more storage. Yes, the Teddy Bear Den fills up quick and doesn't have electric or heat. Not sure yet what to do about this yet but here is what would be helpful. Ideally, a store front building in West Liberty would be awesome. I could then have a place for the thrift items to be out for people to be able to shop all year long for free. I would have a room for my clown collection to share with others who like clowns like I do. Another room for other ministry items would clear up space in my house so everything is in one place. Space for a washer and dryer would be an extra help when washing up the stuffed animals. Biggest problem of course is no money. The monetary donations given are helping with expenses and this is appreciated greatly. So I would appreciate your prayers as I try to figure everything out. Thanks and Happy New Year!
Rev. Tami Wenger
Striving to follow Jesus' example of helping others.