Raider Relief to Collect Stuffed Animals

March 25, 2013

ALLIANCE, Ohio — Members of Raider Relief, a philanthropic student organization at the University of Mount Union, have announced their newest project, called ASAP (Abandoned Stuffed Animal Project). This project will consist of collecting gently used stuffed animals from Mount Union’s campus and the Alliance community, having them professionally cleaned and donating them to children of Alliance families in need.

The project is generously sponsored by Cintas, who will clean the collected stuffed animals before they are distributed. The collected items will then be donated to numerous locations, which may include children’s hospitals or domestic violence shelters in the Alliance area.

University of Mount Union junior marketing major Dan Goswick of Amherst, OH, the project’s student leader, explained how this venture will be unlike some of the past projects the group has accomplished.

“The basic idea for ASAP started when a group of college kids wondered how we could help the sad kids in our community. We thought it would be awesome if we could make these kids happy by donating some of the abandoned toys from when we were young,” Goswick said.

Raider Relief is asking Alliance residents and students to look into their attics and basements for “abandoned” stuffed animals that may have been neglected for years and to donate them to the project.

Those wishing to support Raider Relief in this effort may drop off any gently-used stuffed animals at Family Video, located at 1937 W. State St. in Alliance, from March 31 through April 5.

For additional information about ASAP, visit or call (440) 309-7508.

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