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. Courtney Wierzbicki writes that, "In our English 12 class we were all assigned to come up with a service learning project. My group has brain stormed and came up with the idea of helping your organization. We were wondering if we could possibly collect bears to donate to children who have lost so much because of the earthquake in Haiti. If this isn't what you need then we would love to help in another way, maybe by collecting money or helping pass out bears. There is a total of 4 girls in our group and we would love to get going on this as soon as possible. They did, indeed, get busy and collected 93 teddy bears. The girls, Alison Huffman, Sam Matta, Kait Cummings and Courtney wrote out tags with a messageof hope for each reciepient and put them on the teddies. This shipment of bears will be heading immediately to Big Pine Key, Florida for transport to a UN delegation ready to distribute the teddies to children in the Port - Au - Prince area who are now homeless. A big heartfelt thank you to Courtney and the girls for their effort!!! ....and yes, it will definitely make a difference to children who have suffered so much.
As we all seek to bring relief to the thousands of Haitian families who have been devastated by this horrible earthquake, I would like all to know that Hugs Across America has been doing its part as well. I have been in touch with the Haitian Council in NYC which represents thousands of Haitian nationals in the NYC area, many of whom are known to have lost family members. The Haitian Community Council, lead by Samuel Barthelemy, has requested that Hugs provide teddy bears to the children of those who have suffered lost family who live in several local areas. He has specifically requested teddies for counselors, social workers as well as several churches and 39 NYC public schools with high populations of Haitian children. To date Hugs has distributed over 819 teddies to grieving and anxious children with family members who have lost their lives in Haiti. In the last few weeks, the public schools have seen an influx of children directly from Haiti, who were actually victims of the earthquake. Every effort is being made to ease the trauma experienced by these young victims.
Our prayers go out to all who have suffered in this crisis.
Later, as shelters and orphanages are created in the stricken areas of Port au Prince as well as in the out lying areas, we will mount an appeal to send teddies directly to Haiti. Thank you as always for your concern and help with comforting children in traumatic circumstances.
Eddie Lyon, Life Scout of Boy Scout troop 183 in Little Neck, NY, remembers what it was like to be a foster child shuffling from one family to another until you really find a "home".
Eddie has made it his Eagle Scout project through Lutheran Social Services of NY to bring to over 100 children in the foster care system of greater
We are delighted to help Eddie with his project and are so very proud that he has chosen to help others in need.
The multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS WASP anchored off Ocho Rios, Jamaica in November. The sailors and Marines are set to deliver much needed medical supplies to the St. Ann's Bay Hopsital as well as some of the 250 teddy bears on board.
This stop is one of several the ship will be making in the Caribbean region as part of a three month deployment under the Theater Security Cooperation and Continuing Promise.
“It’s really a very nice looking creek in our county, but those flood waters made it a raging, ravaging river that was just unbelievable,“ said Sheriff Terry Langley of Carroll County, Georgia. Snake Creek is usually two feed high but grew to 20 feet, ripping apart the family’s mobile home and washing other homes down stream.