After seeing images of tornado ravaged Oklahoma, a 15-year-old Reno girl felt the only way to make sense of the tragedy was to take action. Hannah Hoobyar told friends and family she wanted to send teddy bears to comfort the children who lost homes. She soon found herself overwhelmed with support.
"I only expected to get 30 or 40," she says. Instead, Hoobyar collected over 2,600 donated stuffed animals She says she had a lot of help getting to that number. That includes businesses that volunteered to be donation collection sites, storage space, even a Peterbilt truck to take the items to Oklahoma.
In addition to the toys, some companies chipped in necessities. "Diapers.com donated a whole bunch of stuff to me," said Hoobyar. "They donated diapers and clothes and toothpaste, all sorts of stuff."
Thanks to help from Airline Ambassadors, Friday she'll fly to the affected area. That's where she'll work with relief group Twister Resisters and meet some of the people she is helping. She's excited for the trip, but does expects to shed some tears. "Because there's going to be a lot of emotions while we're down there. The happiness of getting the kids help, and the sadness of seeing what's happened back there." Hannah says after she returns, she hopes to keep collecting stuffed animals and other necessities. That way when disaster strikes again, she'll be ready to help immediately.
To find out more about what she's doing and how you can help, check out the link below.