by June Portnoy
Churchville’s Katie Trojak, a 10th-grader at Council Rock High School South, recently founded The Stuffed Animal Rescue, an organization that collects used, no longer wanted stuffed animals, sanitizes them and then donates them to people in need of comfort and love.
Katie’s idea for her organization was the result of her family’s visit to a yard sale early last year. Her sister, Kristy, wanted to buy a stuffed animal, but their mother preferred that she didn’t buy one there, not knowing how clean it was.
“I began thinking about how many stuffed animals must go to waste because parents are concerned about buying previously-owned stuffed animals,” explained Katie. “I realized that many of these stuffed animals must ultimately end up in landfills, which hurts our environment.”