You can donate your stuffed Mardi Gras animals to help sick children: Here’s how

JNOLA, a program under the umbrella of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, is collecting stuffed animals and other plush items to donate to New Orleans Emergency Medical Services. The comfort items will be given to children who are transported in ambulances. (File, Bill Starling/bstarling@al.com)

Update: The organization ended the donation drive early. As of Tuesday morning, more than 1,000 stuffed animals were collected, which meets the needs of EMS.

Overflowing with loot from Mardi Gras? One New Orleans organization has a way for you to donate plush throws to help sick or injured children.

JNOLA, a program under the umbrella of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, is collecting stuffed animals and other plush items to donate to New Orleans Emergency Medical Services. The comfort items will be given to children who are transported in ambulances, according to Tana Velen, who manages JNOLA.

Velen said a JNOLA board member who works for New Orleans EMS came up with the idea.

There are donation boxes at the Uptown and Metairie Jewish community centers:

New Orleans JCC, 5342 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. (504) 897-0143

Goldring-Woldenberg JCC, 3747 West Esplanade Ave., Metairie. (504) 887-5158

Donations will be accepted during regular JCC hours through Friday, March 15, Velen said. (UPDATE: The organization ended the donation drive early. As of Tuesday morning, more than 1,000 stuffed animals were collected, which meets the needs of EMS.)

For more information, contact Velen at tana@jewishnola.com.

Carlie Kollath Wells is a morning reporter at NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune. Have an early-bird tip? Send it to her: cwells@nola.com or Twitter @carlie_kollath.