6-Year-Old Collects Toys For Haitian Children


DULUTH, Ga. - Noah Osaba, 6, was touched by the heartbreaking stories of thousands of children who lost parents and relatives in the Haitian earthquake. He asked his father, Robb Osaba, what he could do to help. The 6-year-old came up with an idea: stuffed teddy bears.

"Why would you want to do that?" his father asked.

"He said, ‘Because I sleep with them every night. And if they (the orphans) don't have mommies and daddies, they can have the teddy bears to hold onto.'"

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The Chattahoochee Elementary School student launched his furry charity mission on the school's video news program. It took off. First, students brought in 50 bears and other new and slightly used stuffed animals. Then the collection grew to 100. Then hundreds.

Two other schools joined the cause and it soon exceeded their wildest dreams. "I would say we have between 3,000 and 4,000 stuffed animals," said Osaba.

In the lobby of the Duluth elementary school, Noah sat back on a mountain of stuffed animals and talked to Channel 2 Action News reporter Tom Regan about his charity venture. "How do you plan to hand out the bears?" asked Regan.

"What if all the kids just jump into the pile and start grabbing one of their own," Noah giggled.

Of course, distributing thousands of bears in the earthquake-ravaged nation isn't that simple. Right now, Noah's father is working on plans to ship the bears to orphanages and hospitals in Haiti with the help of a foundation that has flown dozens of medical missions to the country.

If you would like to find out more information about Noah's charity, you can email bearsforhaiti@gmail.com