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The service was being held at the First Congregational Church in southwestern Missouri with up to 50 worshippers, including children and the elderly, when a gunman burst into the church. The minister, and two deacons were killed and 5 others injured when the gunman started shooting during the service.
Capt. Richard Leavans of the Newton County Sherriff's Department in Neosho, Missouri, felt that the hugs of teddies would cetainly be comforting when the children returned to church. "It could have been a worse disaster, at least he let the children go...but going back to church, knowing what happened, will be tough." 25 Hugs teddies will be very welcome.
The Waite House staff was so excited and grateful to receive Hugs teddies. They'll be giving them out as they go through counseling and healing time this week. We (Jo Weyreick and fellow helpers of the Eagan Peace Chapter of Hugs in Minnesota) were able to take a picture with the youth counselors that were on the bus.
The students will be getting back on those busses this week and teddy bear hugs will be a welcome assist.
Jo and Tom Weyrick of the Peace Reformed Church in Eagan, Minnesota, and leaders of the Eagan - Peace Chapter of Hugs are providing over 200 teddies to help ease the anxiety of those youngsters on the school bus that rested perilessly close to the edge of disaster.
The youngsters, on a swimming trip with Waite House, Pillsbury United Community Center, were escorted to safety by their quick thinking aids...but the anxiety lingers. The thought of future bridge crossings does not rest easy on these young hearts. Thanks to the assistance of Dr. Jeannie Shur of the American Red Cross and Director Kay Cunningham of Waite House, the children will have plenty of hugs to help.
Teddies are being given to hundreds of children, some airlifted for surgeries, on board the USNS Comfort. Pictures speak a thousand words, as staff bring joy to frightened youngsters and their families whose lives will never be the same. Thanks to the USNS Comfort for their help in reaching hurting children.
When this youngster returned to his home in Ladyville, Belize after his surgery, he was delighted by the helicopter ride back, but sure held on tight to his teddy bear!
Guatemalan Vice President, Dr Eduardo Stein Barillas, visted patients aboard the Military Sealift Command as it continued its four month humanitarian deployment in the US Naval Forces Southern Command.
As seen in "Navy News Stand," Laura Stavridis, wife of Adm. James Stavridis, joined the Comfort in giving teddy bears ... donated by Hugs Across America, to young children from Colon Panama, before they visited the doctor.
50 teddies went to Charlestan, South Carolina to bring a message of love and prayer for the families of 9 firemen who lost their lives in a warehouse fire. Pam Blevins on the staff of the Fire Chief in Charleston felt the bears would bring a great message to the children and their moms..."They are not alone."