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Thursday, November 18, 2010
Elizabeth Gates and her granddaughter Abigail Parden, 8, look over some of the stuffed animals collected by Gates. The stuffed animals are given to missionaries Rick and Debbie McNeely of Morley, who then distribute them to children who have little else. (Photo by Michelle Felter, Staff)

Stuffed animals help kids in need around the world

michellef@standard-democrat.com

SIKESTON -- Elizabeth Gates calls herself "just an ordinary lady."

But what the 84-year-old does for children with little to call there own is extraordinary.

For the past three years, Gates has worked to collect dolls and stuffed animals for children in hard-hit areas.

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