Katherine Huggins is from Florence, Ala, WHNT19 News reports. She and her fellow scout Keir Jenkins created the Tender Hearts project.
“Yeah, like a comfort item. It’s something to take their mind off a bad situation. They get something to hold onto, something to get their mind off the traumatic event that’s happening,” Katherine says.
“This is us presenting our idea to the fire board. I just thought it would do good,” she says as she shows pictures. Most of the stuffed animals will go to the local firemen. Actually, firefighters from 14 different departments in Lauderdale County have stuffed animals. And they come from this project.
“It’s something that we need. It’s something that is a huge help,” Killen firefight Brandon Speth told us. “When we have incidents where we have children on scene, it’s nice to be able to give them these and help console then and calm them down in situations where we need them calm.”
Katherine already has experience in donating and charity. “I donated some of my old stuffed animals to the city police department and the city fire department. I kinda had a little much. And I was like some other people might need them more than I need all of them”, she adds.
Some of the donated stuffed animals were too big. But they found new homes, too. These stuffed animals went to library.
As a result Katherine is one of two Alabama honorees in the 2018 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. She also gets $1000 reward, along with a medallion and a trip to Washington. She’s also in contention for the “America’s Top Youth Volunteers of 2018” Award. But Katherine isn’t doing all of this for the rewards. She’s doing it because it’s the right thing and because she cares. And that’s what’s really important.