Operation: Smiles & Cuddles

By Robert Proctor

The Cuero Record

People in the community continue to go above and beyond to find ways to support others, especially as the season of giving approaches. For Amy Berry of Yoakum, she decided to start a project last Christmas and give back to those in need.

“It’s called Operation: Smiles & Cuddles, and I collect stuffed animals for the children of Shriners Hospital for Children in Galveston,” Berry said. 

Her hope was to give joy to children who have to stay in the hospital over the holidays and allow their family’s to see a smile on their children’s faces.

Berry added, “I know from experience being a fellow burn survivor from a tragic accident involving gas and matches that left me burned on 40 percent of my body.”

She had to spend Christmas in the hospital several times, and it helped when someone brought something to comfort her during the difficult time.

“I wanted to be able to give that joy to a child who is going through what I did,” Berry noted. 

She is also collecting stuffed animals for children who were affected by Hurricane Harvey.

“I know that has to be tough going through this new transition, so I wanted to bring them comfort as well, she said. 

Berry currently has one drop-off location set up at KN Root Beer Drive In, and she is working on another drop off location.

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