UPDATE: Olivia Sain has collected more than 300 stuffed animals. If you are interested in donating a stuffed animal, you can drop them off at Talbots in Winter Park at 180 N Park Avenue until 8 p.m. Wednesday, November 22.
Olivia Sain may be an adult, but she needs your stuffed animals for the kids at The Salvation Army.
Sain, 29, who is the daughter of Gary Sain, the former Visit Orlando CEO who passed away suddenly at age 61 in 2012, wants to continue a tradition started by her late father. For years, Gary Sain collected stuffed animals and passed them out to the children at The Salvation Army’s annual Thanksgiving Feast.
To keep the tradition going, Sain , 29, is collecting new or gently used stuffed animals and will distribute the toys starting at 11 a.m. at The Salvation Army’s Thanksgiving Feast on Nov. 23. Sain told The Collective Blog that she already has about 150 stuffed animals. Sain is hoping to collect as many stuffed animals as she can up until Thanksgiving.
Last year, The Salvation Army served 20,000 meals on Thanksgiving at its West Colonial Drive location.
If you would like to donate a stuffed animal or help Sain pass out the stuffed animals from 11 a.m to 5 p.m., you can email her at Olivia.Sain@gmail.com.