J.P. Patches finding a new way to entertain children: Through stuffed animal drive

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Edmonds resident Chris Wedes (as J.P. Patches) with his wife Joan.

He may be officially retired, but J.P. Patches (otherwise known as Edmonds resident Chris Wedes) has loaned his name to a new cause: supporting efforts of the Edmonds-based MS Helping Hands Donor Closet  collect new or cleaned and gently used stuffed animals to recycle/donate to various children’s organizations.

So far the MSHH Donor Closet has collected over 95,000 animals and sent them to children who were victims of recent U.S. hurricanes and floods. Another 25,000-plus were distributed to local charities and churches for Easter baskets and Christmas presents, said MSHH President Bill Brayer.

The new “J.P.’s Campaign for Kids” has been kicked off with a donation of approximately 2,000 Beanie Babies from the Shoreline Fire Department.

You can drop off your donations at the MSHH Donor Closet located at 409 Howell Way in Edmonds (behind Petosa’s Family Grocery) between 10 a.m. and 3  p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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