Local high school students deliver bears to sick children on Valentine's Day

- Giving the gift of their hearts.

Some York Comprehensive High School students delivered stuffed animals they made to sick children in the Charlotte area.

The students sponsored a "Build-A-Bear, Build-A-Heart" campaign to raise funds to make bears for sick kids at area hospitals.

"For this whole entire school year, we've been going around at lunch asking for spare change," said Student Aisha Ozog.  "Everyone has been asking people and businesses to donate, asking their families-- everyone."

Students raised around $5,000-- enough to build around 475 bears total.

"We had more than 90 people in the community come to help build them," said Ozog.  "People who donated and wanted to name their bears after their loved ones."

Wednesday, bears were delivered to local children's hospitals and to the Ronald McDonald house.

"It felt really great and rewarding to see the smile on that girl's face," said Ozog.  "It was really nice."

"We tell them it's going to these kids-- but to see it means a lot to them, their advisor, and to me as principal," said York Comprehensive High School Principal Christopher Black.

Kids like 14-year-old Sydney McCurry received bears.

"Sydney always loves getting surprises," said Sydney's Mother, Nancy McCurry.  "It makes her feel good to sleep with her teddy bears when she's in the hospital."

Having to be away from home, it's always nice to find a little comfort from people who care.

"I think it's neat that people of that age think of other people and not just themselves-- especially children who are sick and need a little extra TLC," said McCurry.  "So that's really neat."

Kids spreading love, on a day that's all about the heart.

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