Mon, Dec 25, 2006 - Page 14 News List

Kids help spread Christmas cheer 孩童傳遞耶誕歡樂

By Catherine Thomas  /  STAFF WRITER

Second Grader Shawn McNair tries to find some of the toys he donated.二年級生夏恩麥卡尼爾試圖找尋部分他捐獻的玩具。


National Geographic Kids magazine has set a Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of plush toys ever recorded. A total of 2,304 stuffed animals were collected from kids all over the US and from as far away as Australia, Japan, Norway and Scotland.

The toys were given to the US Marine Corps Reserves, who have distributed them to needy children in Washington as Christmas presents. The distribution was part of the ongoing Toys for Tots program.

It took four months to collect the animals, which were sent by individual readers, families, Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops and schools. A special guest at the record-setting ceremony was 7-year-old Shawn McNair, who is a second-grader at a school in New York. He organized a toy drive among his fellow students and collected 237 stuffed animals.

The toys had to be new, 100 percent plush and had to be a real animal, such as a bear or a lion. Thanks to the effort of kids all over the world, not only has a world record been broken, but some needy children will have a very special Christmas present!










1. plush adj.

長毛絨的 (chang2 mao2 rong2 de5)

例: I bought my little sister a plush toy for Christmas.


2. needy adj.

貧窮的 (pin2 qiong2 de5)

例: Children's charities help needy children.


3. drive n.

籌募活動 (chou2 mu4 huo2 dong4)

例: The group organised a drive to raise money for orphans through special events, such as a dinner dance and raffles.


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