GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – November is National Adoption Awareness Month. And thanks to one Upstate organization more than 200 children will be receiving a special surprise.
The Families Forever Committee of the South Carolina Bar Young Lawyers Division, also known as, SC Bar YLD, collected more than 200 stuffed animals for judges to give to the children after their adoption.
Family Court 13th Judicial Circuit Judge Katherine Tiffany said she was amazed looking at the heap of stuffed animals.
“I think there’s a saying that says, ‘Adoptions are families made in the heart,'” Tiffany said.
Tiffany said the Greenville County chief justice recognized Monday, November 25, as Adoption Day, so she decided to make that her courtroom adoption day.
“They’re the highlight of my day, and I anticipate this day will be the highlight of my year,” Tiffany said.
As of Friday, Tiffany said November 25 is already halfway full with pending adoptions.
As she looked at the countless animals, Judge Tiffany admitted she was impressed with what the committee collected in such a short time.
Eller Tonnsen Bach associate attorney Grady Anthony was the co-committee chair and said he’s shocked they collected so many toys.
“This is just the Upstate. We did this in three counties throughout the state. And it was the highlight of my month to be a part of it,” Anthony said.
Anthony added that the collection drive took about six months of work total with planning, notifying the public and collection.
He said he’s extremely proud of the fact that their first project of the year was this successful.
“Makes you feel good,” Anthony said.
Anthony explained that his committee worked hard to collect the toys because of what those stuffed animals represent: community support.
“Something as simple as a sloth can be really inspiring to people, to help a child out,” Anthony said.
Tiffany added that others should feel free to do something similar to SC Bar YLD because families may adopt more than one child and the 200 stuffed animals will go fast.
Also, there are times when even the families’ young biological children may get stuffed animals to make everyone’s day feel special.
“It’s a very simple, relatively inexpensive way to support families. Maybe they’re not your own but you’re supporting other families,” Tiffany said.
In addition to collecting gifts for adoptions, the SC Bar YLD will host an adoption fair on April 18, 2020 at First Baptist Church in Simpsonville.