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Kirkwood Donates Beanie Babies to Provide Comfort
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Kristine Kirkwood with some of her remaining Beanie Babies collection.
 
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In 1993 stuffed animal salesman, Ty Warner brought his "Beanie Babies" to the New York World Toy Fair. These small, soft, plush toys were stuffed with a blend of materials that allowed them to be posed in unique positions and were alluringly decorated. They became wildly popular with collectors of all ages.

In 1994, Kristine Kirkwood was introduced to Beanie Babies and thought the plush little animals were awfully cute. She also heard they were collectable items that were expected to go up in price, so she began collecting them. Her collection grew rapidly and soon she had several cabinets in her apartment stuffed with Beanie Babies. Still her collection continued to grow, soon numbering over 1000. When the manufacturer announced they would cease making Beanie Babies in 1999, collectors flooded eBay with tons of Beanie Babies and the value dropped drastically. Although Kirkwood quit collecting the little animals, she still had many plastic totes stuffed with them as well as the ones she had on display. When she recently decided she needed to clean out a closet and get rid of several of the totes of Beanie Babies, her sister and brother-in-law, Kay and Jim McCarty suggested donating them to advocacy centers, fire departments and police departments.

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