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Rhode Island woman's stuffed animal 'zoo' continues to bring smiles through pandemic

Nancy Connor's goal was to make her neighbors smile, but her effort reached more than just her Pawtucket neighborhood.

PAWTUCKET, R.I. — An 86-year-old Rhode Island woman spent her entire stimulus check buying stuffed animals to make a menagerie in her front yard.

Nancy Connor's goal was to make her neighbors smile, but her effort reached more than just her Pawtucket neighborhood.

While Connor lives on a fixed income, she chose to use the money from the check to buy the almost-life-sized animals. She thought her neighbors would come by and smile, but instead, people from all walks of life came by to take a walk on the wild side.

"For the last five-and-a-half months, I've made people smile and it's made me smile," Connor said. "They've driven up from New York, I'm getting letters from Virginia, talked to someone on the phone from California."

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Now that the seasons are changing, Connor plans to give the animals away and asks anyone who wants a stuffed animal to stop by.

"People have been wonderful, so I want to give them something else. I want to give them the animals," Connor said.

She plans to decorate for Halloween soon and said she has already made a wish list for Christmas on Amazon.