Oh, RATs!

Random Acts of Toys! My kids are used to my strange ideas by now. This latest one may have even taken them by surprise.

This year, we read a book as a family while traveling called Loves Does by Bob Goff. There are so many wonderful stories and principles in the book but one that I grasped onto was that the supply of love and joy are not finite. However, time to share love and joy is. Time to do feet to these ideas.

Over the years an extensive collection of stuffed animals has resided in our loft. Now that the kids are older I thought that it might be time to re-home some animals. We chose the nicest ones (that were on the small side) and packed them in our luggage.

Some of the stuffed animals waiting to be delivered.

We put a tag on each toy so that people didn’t think someone was stalking them.


When we arrived at Tangle Lakes Campground in the Denali State Park, operation RAT began. To say that Tangle Lakes is in the middle of nowhere would be an understatement. Well, three young children were camping with their parents just down from us. Sean and I quietly walked by their site and placed a stuffed animal in each of the kids’ chairs. We walked back to our RV and waited. A few minutes later you could hear the squeals of happiness. They were so excited. We repeated the toy drop with a different little girl an hour later. Same wonderful result. The next night took us to Brushkana Creek. Even further into wilderness but another 3 children were nearby. Clare and Lee delivered this time. Smiles all around again. We still had a few more to go before the end of the trip but it certainly was a fun addition to our memories.

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About amymapes

I am a mom with 3 kids who are growing up too fast. I love to bake and come up with hair-brained schemes that make my kids roll their eyes. We try to do lots of different things as a family....sometimes my kids even enjoy it!
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2 Responses to Oh, RATs!

  1. We were the family with 3 kids at tangle lakes. That day had been a rough one for us with a flat tire and a sick kid and it was so encouraging to have someone be the hands and feet of Jesus in such a tangible way to our kids. They shared their joy about their new stuffed friends with anyone who would listen. Thank you so much for your acts of kindness. You just never know what kind of impact it can have on someone. God bless your family

    • amymapes says:

      I can’t begin to tell you how much joy your note brought our whole family today!! We loved listening to your kids that evening and I am glad that God caused our paths to cross, even if only for a few hours in the middle of NOWHERE. It never ceases to amaze me how God cares enough about us to work through the littlest details. I hope your family is doing well. Tell them we send greeting from Lynchburg, Virginia!

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