By Anthony Richards
Sage Goodall is aware of what its like to be a baby, as he’s 11 years outdated himself, which is why it hit him so arduous when he heard in regards to the children that had been being displaced by the War in Ukraine.
“It’s sad to think about what they are having to go through,” Goodall mentioned. “I don’t know what I would do if I put myself in their shoes.”
According to Goodall, he first heard in regards to the tragic tales of children being despatched from Ukraine to Poland as a part of the evacuation course of whereas watching the information one night time.
He knew immediately that he had to do one thing to help and requested his dad and mom about what the subsequent step can be.
Goodall got here up with the thought to accumulate stuffed animals in an initiative known as “Hugs for the Children of Ukraine.”
“The stuffed animals will hopefully give them something to hold on to and hug when they feel alone or scared,” Goodall mentioned.
The initiative started in early April after creating a partnership with Aspire Church in San Marco, which has despatched shipments of donations abroad to help the trigger and they’ve agreed to embody Sage’s stuffed animals on an upcoming cargo.
The requests for donations began small with Sage making indicators and spreading the phrase all through their neighborhood and finally led to him adorning donation containers to be positioned at numerous companies and areas round city.
There are presently donation containers at Mr. Chubby’s Wings in Ponte Vedra, Ponte Vedra Palm Valley-Rawlings Elementary School, Emtec, Inc., Trasca & Co. Eatery, Cabana Beach Club, exterior of Winn Dixie, Two Dudes Restaurant, Jacksonville Brain Balance Center, within the Publix break room, within the Fresh Market break room, Optimal You Wellness Center and at their home within the Sawgrass group.
“It’s so nice to see people coming together to care for others and not just thinking of themselves,” Goodall mentioned.
According to Rhonda Goodall, Sage’s mom, among the most donations have come from the dad and mom at PVPV-Rawlings, the place Sage goes to college, by the workers of Emtec, Inc. and the field that sits exterior Winn-Dixie.
“People just keep giving and giving,” Rhonda Goodall mentioned. “I’ve been getting more and more calls and e-mails for boxes, so that list will be growing.”
However, the largest supporter of Sage’s has been Mr. Cubby’s Wings in Ponte Vedra, which has donation containers setup contained in the restaurant and hosted an occasion known as “Sage’s Karaoke Night for the Children of Ukraine” April 23 to help the trigger.
More than 500 stuffed animals had been both left at Chubby’s all through the day or introduced to the occasion that night time.
According to Rhonda Goodall, there have been even folks on the bar that donated cash for Sage to go purchase stuffed animals, which he couldn’t wait to do and went to Walmart the subsequent day and purchased as many stuffed animals as he might with the cash that was donated.
Sage plans to proceed accumulating stuffed animals till the disaster comes to an finish. He presently has greater than 1,800 stuffed animals.
Anyone who desires to get a donation field at a sure location or desires to donate themselves can e-mail Rhonda at firstname.lastname@example.org.