Hometown Hero: Trudie Troublefield

Trudie Troublefield, 15, is on a mission. She is the second generation Bunny Ambassador in Chief for the Bunny Drive.

The idea behind the drive started in 2000, when Haley Whatley was 5 years old. She was concerned about kids at Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth.

Whatley wanted to make sure they felt cared for, and she decided to ask people to donate bunnies to them for Easter. The then-Tarrant County kindergartener started a volunteer drive that's still going strong.

Whatley is now engaged to be married and lives in upstate New York. When she graduated from Birdville High School, she handed the Bunny Driver over to Troublefield.

Troublefield has been one of the Bunny Ambassadors since she was a first grader, and she is proud to lead the effort, which has so far collected more than 28,000 new stuffed, bunnies, bears, dinosaur, and so much more for young patients.

This year's Bunny Drive ends Friday, March 27 with the Bunny Drop at Cook Children's.  Last year, 3,975 new, stuffed toys were collected. This year, Troublefield is aiming for a record 4,000.

You can help by logging on to trudie.bunnydrive@gmail.com to find the drop off location closest to you. Troublefield says it's all about "putting a smile on the face of a child in the hospital."

Next year, she hopes to include Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, Children's Dallas and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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