Country Needleworks is happy to join with the
Department of Human Services to collect Beanie Babies
or other small stuffed animals for children entering foster
care. The stuffies will be given to children who are being
removed from their home due to neglect or abuse. This
gives them a comfort object to hold while they are driven
to their new foster home.

Beanie Baby type "stuffies" are easily washed and
stored, so they would be preferred, but the brand name
does not matter. New or gently used are fine. It doesn’t
matter if the tags are still attached.

Donations made to the Department of Human Services
are tax deductible, so if you have a large collection you
would like to donate please contact Wendy Wheeler (Jerri’
s daughter) and she can arrange for you to get a receipt.
wheelerw@michigan.gov or 616 558-7841

Thank you for bringing a smile to the face of a child
during a very difficult time.

Wendy Wheeler, MA
Children’s Foster Care Program Manager
Department of Human Services
121 Franklin SE
Grand Rapids MI 49507
(616) 558-7841