WASHINGTON (Dec. 6, 2006)–It’s official! National Geographic Kids magazine today set a Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of plush toys ever recorded. A total of 2,304 stuffed animals were collected from kids in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and from as far afield as Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Japan, Norway and Scotland.
The feat was confirmed by Stuart Claxton of Guinness World Records and witnessed by Topper Shutt, chief meteorologist for WUSA-TV 9; U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Johnny Noble, D.C. Toys for Tots coordinator; and “Slapshot,” mascot of the Washington Capitals hockey team.
The toys have been given to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, who will distribute them to Washington-area children as part of the Toys for Tots program.
It took NG Kids magazine four months to collect the animals, which were sent by individual readers, families, Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops and schools. A special guest at today’s record-setting ceremony was 7-year-old Shawn McNair, a second-grader at Fostertown ETC Magnet School in Newburgh, N.Y., who organized a toy drive among his fellow students and collected 237 stuffed animals.
“We were delighted with the response we received from kids worldwide,” said National Geographic Kids magazine Editor in Chief Melina Bellows. “Thanks to their efforts, many needy children will receive a beautiful new stuffed toy this holiday season.”
This is the second Guinness World Record set by National Geographic Kids. In November 2004 the magazine walked into the record book with the world’s longest line of footprints — a total of 10,932 prints, measuring almost two miles.