Hannah Hoobyar is your typical area teenager.
"I love coming (to the studio) and dancing,” Hannah said. “And not worrying about other things that are going on."
When a deadly tornado hit the town of Moore, Oklahoma just south Oklahoma City, there was no way to ignore the significance of what had happened.
"It broke my heart. There's really no other words than it broke my heart. When I heard that they needed to have a no fly zone over the school because it would raffle the noises of the kid’s screams for help, that's when I thought I needed to do something."
The fifteen-year-old's first thought was to head to the Midwest.
"She was like, ‘Let's go mom, let's go help them,” Hannah’s mom, Tracy Hoobyar said. “I thought, that's great and all, but flying to Oklahoma and searching through rubble isn't really practical."
Her second idea was a little more rational.
"I want to give them love," Hannah said.
Love quickly took the shape of a teddy bear.
"I’m looking for new or gently used stuffed animals that I can send back there," Hannah said.
"She's really apathetic, so she put herself in the place of the kids who were in the rubble and trying to find everything and everybody and their parents," Tracy Hoobyar said.
For the next seven days, Hannah will collect animals at drop-off locations with hopes of flying to Oklahoma and hand delivering the animals to the children of Moore.
"I know they need help," Hannah said.
Current drop-off locations are:
Therapies at 1025 Roberta Lane in Sparks (Open M-F, 7:30 am – 6 pm)
In Motion Studio of Dance
at 9410 Prototype Dr, Suite 20 in South Reno (Open M-F, 3:30 pm – 7 pm)
Integrity Casting, 111
Washington St in Reno
Shear Bliss Salon, 5270
Longley Ln Ste 106, Reno (Open T-F, 9 am – 8 pm, Sa & Mo, 9-6.)
Aevos, 10775 Double R Blvd,
South Reno (Open M-F, 8 am – 5 pm)
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