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Mar 5, 2013

US gives hugs and toys to Liberty Children’s Home

The sentiment does not end with that story. Loving Hugs is an American charity that collects donations of stuffed animals, called “hugs”, and sends them to children around the world to bring them comfort and hope.  The organization has collected over seven hundred stuffed animals. And this afternoon, Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of the United States, Margaret Hawthorne, joined U.S. military personnel to deliver the cuddly toys to twenty-three children at Liberty Children’s Home in Ladyville. News Five was on hand for the handing over where orphanage director, Delfina Mitchell said that the toys are priceless.


Margaret Hawthorne

Margaret Hawthorne, Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy

“They collect these things of bears and we have a ship here in the country at the moment which has a number of the members of our navy and our air force who are here doing training with the B.D.F. and the Coast Guard for a few weeks. As part of that, they brought down seventy of these stuffed animals to donate to some of the children here in Belize and so this is one of those. The soldiers are delighted to be here at Liberty Children’s Home and Delfina and the whole crew here who do a fantastic job and of course with the kids who seem to be enjoying all their little animals.”


Delfina Mitchell

Delfina Mitchell, Director, Liberty Children’s Home

“I think it is great for the kids. They have a little bear, a little stuffed animal to cuddle up with when it is time to go to sleep.”


Duane Moody

“Even though it is not money or cash, it is still worth so much more.”


Delfina Mitchell

“That is very true Duane because look at the kids; they are happy to receive these little gifts. It brightened up their day. I did not tell them that they were getting this today. It is a surprise for them; an unexpected gift and they are happy and appreciative of it.”

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3 Responses for “US gives hugs and toys to Liberty Children’s Home”

  1. Belizean Pride says:

    i didn’t like what the kids in the back of the interview were doing, throwing up the stuff toys like they didn’t care, the look at the soldiers says it all, mein in Belize when things like these are done we should appreciate it, many kids in other place would really appreciate something like these. but it falls on the parents to have the kids with some morals.
    I might sound harsh but look at it, these people bring these things thinking to help but the way these kids do it it means like no appreciation at all. lets think of the kids that wish those things were for them and would really appreciate it.

  2. Storm says:

    You have a valid point, Belizean Pride, but I hope at least a few of the children will come to appreciate the gifts, and maybe thank the generous foreigners who brought them. Some kids become very attached to their stuffed toys because it helps fill some emotional need at the time. Orphans might especially need something to feel some permanence and stability in their lives, such as their very own stuffed animal.

    Thanks to all the American donors and especially the servicemen.

  3. Seletar says:

    Yes, I agree that it normally falls on the parents to teach morals and gratitude to children. But by definition these unfortunate children have no parents; they are orphans, after all.

    Few things are more tragic than children being abandoned, unwanted, or otherwise left without any loving parent. Life put them in a bad situation through no fault of the children, and I pray for the best for them in the future.

    And thanks to the anonymous Americans who once again blessed the people of our little country.

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