Edmond scouts collect hundreds of stuffed animals for pediatric patients

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OKLAHOMA CITY - A group of scouts from Edmond collected hundreds of stuffed animals to help local children in need.

Jack Horton said, "It's very fluffy."

Cub scouts and girl scouts from Oakdale Public Schools in Edmond sought to collect stuffed animals as part of the "Scouting for Bears" service project.

All the donations go to pediatric patients at Children's Hospital at the OU Medical Center.

Horton said, "If he's hurt and if he's scared, he can just hug to it and feel the warmth."

The kids collected 1,600 stuffed animals for pediatric patients.

Their heartfelt gift is benefiting patients like Alexandra Saucedo, who's here for a kidney transplant.

So far, her furry friend hasn't left her arms.

Lily Corbin said, "If they don't have anything, you can give them a stuffed animal and they can just squeeze it."

Jennifer Parrott, a nurse practitioner, said, "This is going to be a huge impact on the children who come through our ER."

Parrott said she's overwhelmed with the number of stuffed animals the scouts gathered.

She said, "We're going to be able to share some of these with the other ER, the Children's Emergency Department, not just the trauma center because we did get so many of them."

That includes other children like Olivia Rodriguez, who recently hurt her left knee cheerleading.

A furry friend to ease some of the pain.

Originally, the scout’s goal was to collect 400 stuffed animals for the average 400 children that go through the trauma center yearly in Oklahoma.

The scouts collected four times that original goal.

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