Kendall Townsley, 19, and his brother Johnathan Townsely, a junior at Cave City High School, have collected 1,041 books and teddy bears for LeBonheur Childrens’ Medical Center in Memphis, Tenn., where their mother Annette worked as a registered nurse.

It started in 2001 for Kendall’s first birthday with 35 stuffed animals collected and taken to LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center.

Once Jonathan was born, the family began collecting books to give as gifts to the children at LeBonheur. As the donations grew in number, the family began taking items to local organizations such as Homes, Inc. in Paragould; White River Medical Center in Batesville; Fresh Start Resale in Batesville; The Bethany Project in Cave City; From the Beginning Clinic in Cave City and Ash Flat; The Children’s Clinic in Batesville; and Arkansas State Police Troop I.

The Townsley family was not able to hand out items to the children at the hospital. The hospital’s Child Life Department will pass out the items to the children. No one wants to be forgotten. These gifts are presented in hopes that the recipients will feel remembered and loved.

“We want to thank everyone who participated in this year’s event. Without the donations of others we would not be able to give to near the number of children we are reaching,” wrote Annette Townsley, adding she hopes that Kendall and Jonathan learn from this event that it is a blessing to give to others, they learn to be kind and generous and put others that are in need before themselves.

To donate to LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center call 901-287-6021.