As little girls, Layla and Maya Wofsy spent their birthdays at Build A Bear. They created stuffed gifts to give to children who needed them more than they did.
Taking cues from their kids, in 2007 Westporters Hallie and Scott Wofsy created Stuffed With Love. The charity event provides an environment where children can create stuffed animals, to be donated to needy youngsters.
Three years later the Wofsy family expanded the idea, forming the Kidz Give Back Foundation.
This area remains a focal point of SWL’s efforts. The day after Thanksgiving every year Kidz Give Back sponsors a Stuffed With Love event, at Weston’s Norfield Grange. Hundreds of children stuff, dress and prepare gifts for others in hospitals or financial distress.
But as important as the gift of giving is, many children and communities lack the financial resources to host their own Stuffed With Love events.
Fortunately, Kidz Give Back received a Fanny and Svante Kilstrom Foundation grant. That gives 400 children in Bridgeport the chance to create stuffed animal gifts to give to children in need in their own communities. The circle of care ripples outward.
The Wofsys invite all area children — and families — to join their efforts. To join, host or donate to a Stuffed With Love event, click here.
Thank you to Anne Dorfman and Daisy Troop 355 who sent stuffed gifts to Children’s National Hospital.
Kidz Give Back and our SWL events were huge successes in the following areas:
Maryland- Children’s National Hospital
New York- Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics “Take Your Child To Work Day” where over 100 animal gifts were created for a local hospital.
CT: The Conservative Synagogue 1st grade class created stuffed gifts for an orphanage in Israel
CT: The Conservative Synagogue created stuffed gifts during their Mitzvah Day. These gifts went to St. Vincent’s Medical Center Toy Closet, Bridgeport Hospital and to other local children in need.
CT: The Long Lots School 5th grade created over 100 gifts to be donated to St. Vincent Hospital.
Maryland: Community project hosted by Long and Foster Real Estate.