I got a box in the mail this week that had exactly 103 beanie babies in it. It was a special box of beanie babies. They were the stuffed animals of a sweet 16 year old girl named Jackie. It was Jackie’s mom, Tammy who sent them to me. 13 years ago Tammy experienced the one nightmare that no parent ever wants to experience, her 16 year old daughter Jackie was killed in an auto accident. I can’t even begin to imagine the pain, the questions and the suffering that Tammy must have experienced.
It’s now been 13 years since Jackie’s death and for the past 13 years, Tammy hasn’t quite known what to do with her daughter’s collection of beanie babies. Tammy said, “I didn’t want to just give them to Goodwill or put them in a yard sale. I wanted them to go to a good cause. When I saw your post about needing beanie babies for children in Honduras, I knew this was where they needed to go.”
This week when I got the box of 103 beanie babies, Tammy also included a note that said, “I have prayed that these beanie babies find new homes and little ones to love them. May each child that touches one of these beanies be blessed and feel the love of God.”
I will be honored to hand the beanie babies to Honduran children later this month when I’m in Honduras. “Jackie was a great kid,” Tammy said, “I’m sure Jackie will be smiling when she looks down and sees the smiles on those little faces.” I agreed.
Thank you Tammy