The members of the Gallipolis Leo club, who recently held a stuffed animal fundraiser to benefit the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office, whose deputies utilize the stuffed animals to connect with children in traumatic situations, raised enough stuffed animals to also benefit Pleasant Valley Hospital.

Last week, the group donated 21 stuffed animals to PVH’s pediatric department.

“The Gallia Academy Leo Club surprised us with beautiful stuffed animals for the children in our pediatric department. It’s wonderful to see how a stuffed animal can warm a child’s heart and make their stay at the hospital a little better,” said Tracy Stewart Call, director of marketing, community relations and volunteer services. “We are all impressed with the positive change the Leo Club brings to everyone in this community. These young leaders are developing valuable leadership skills and are making new friends that will last a lifetime.”

The Leo Club is a youth program sponsored by Lion’s Club International. You can follow the Gallipolis Leo Club on Facebook.