Thornton boy puts stuffed animals to use in time of need

Fire department takes in old stuffed animals

THORNTON, Colo. -- We all can use some comfort during a time of disaster, and one little boy from Thornton recognized that and took matters into his own hands. 

In a time of need, Carson Morales just couldn't just let his old stuffed animals go to waste. Morales and his grandmother, Lila Wills, took his old stuffed animals to his town's fire department. 

"You just care about those children," Morales said. "We had two bags and we just gave them to the fire station."

A toy once used for comfort is now passed down to someone else. A bag of other stuffed animals sits in a fire truck at a fire station in Thornton. They're inside the ambulance, too. The toys are used to comfort children who are affected by disaster.

"There's a time when we have an abundance of them, but it's OK because we do have a huge call load, maybe 10,000 calls a year, so 75 percent of those are medical calls," said Thornton Fire Department spokesperson Sabrina Iacovetta. "So, we do see quite a few kids."

Any fire department will take in stuffed animals. If you'd like to drop them off, make sure they aren't old and the toys are fairly new. You should wash them before dropping them off.

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