Del Ray Neighborhood Putting Out Stuffed Animals to Inspire Safe Walks

The pink gator on Custis is one of the stuffed animals inspiring safe walks in Alexandria. (Courtesy photo)

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The Del Ray neighborhood in Alexandria knows how to come together in good times and in bad, and today, stuffed animals are the unifying theme.

Karen Johnson posted to her Facebook page this morning, “Ok #delrayva, let’s create some educational fun for the families that safely walk around the neighborhood. How about a Zoofari?”

Along with her post, she shared a photo of a large plushy red lobster sitting happily in the crook of a tree, and said, “I know there is already a LOBSTER on Dewitt and a PINK GATOR on Custis.”

Karen Johnson posted this lobster to set off the game of putting stuffed animals outside residences for kids to spot during family safe walks. (Photo: Karen Johnson)

The idea is for homeowners to put out stuffed animals in their front yards, porches, trees, flower boxes, gardens, and places where they can be seen. The kids and parents can then walk around the neighborhood locating them and checking off, creating a safe Zoofari scavenger hunt walk.

Mary Jensen added her rocking chair display right away to the Zoofari scavenger hunt in Del Ray. (Photo: Mary Jensen)

Within minutes, people posted comments like, “This is a great idea,” and “Count me in,” and Mary Jensen posted a picture of two stuffed dogs and a teddy bear hanging out in a rocking chair on a front porch, with the words, “Already done!”

And just like that, the game is on!

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