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State Honoree

Amy Lavicky

Oklahoma

organized a collection drive that provided new toys for the youngest victims of a fierce tornado that struck Oklahoma in May 1999. Amy, who volunteered in relief efforts after previous natural disasters, wanted to help the children cope with their losses. “I knew the children would be provided with the basics, but also knew that they needed more than food, clothing and shelter,” said Amy. “I thought the kids needed some fun things that would make them run, play and laugh again.” Amy made and distributed flyers, secured drop-off points at local businesses, secured donations, and worked with a local church to host a toy pick-up. All children who were affected in the surrounding area were invited to the church, given shopping bags, and were able to select as many toys as they wanted. “It made me feel special to brighten their day,” said Amy.