Jessica Carscadden

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Born in China with a cleft palate, Jessica Carscadden was left at an orphanage, where she was put in a room to die. But Jessica was adopted by a California family and given the many surgeries she needed. Throughout those painful procedures, she held onto soft, comforting plush toys. Despite a remaining speech impediment, and a shyness about talking to strangers, Jessica goes all over her city, asking for donated plush animals and taking them to fire and police departments so they can be given to traumatized kids.