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Earlier this summer Hugs took teddies to the Family Day deploymnet event for the 389th CSSB at Fort Totten in New York. Families were given lots of food, entertainment and teddies to hug. An effort was made to help the children understand what was happening and what Dad or Mom might be doing by encouraging them to try on equipment, and sit in the military vehicles that might be used. Each family member and guest was also encouraged to sign a pendant that will go with the unit. Teddy hugs were given to all the children and a few eager adults as well.
Know that our prayers are with them.
Marines and Sailors from USS OAK HILL (LSD 51) gave out 50 of your Teddy Bears during a visit in Marambaia Island, Brazil, which is near Rio de Janeiro. It's part of a U.S. Marine Corps South Exercise "Southern Exchange" that will finish up this weekend. There is much more information at www.southcom.mil
As you can see from the pictures, your Bears were given to children who took part in a Medical/Dental Exchange with the Brazilians.
CDR Lewis Preddy
COMFOURTHFLT Project Handclasp Coordinator
RIO DE JANEIRO (July 28, 2009) Sailors assigned to the amphibious dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) hand out teddy bears to local children at Marambaia Island, Brazil. Oak Hill is participating in Southern Partnership Station ´09. Southern Partnership Station is a combined naval and amphibious operation with Oak Hill and maritime forces from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru, and Uruguay. Oak Hill is also supporting U.S. Marine Corps Forces South multinational amphibious exercise Southern Exchange 2009. (U.S Army photo by Spc. Corey Idleburg/Released)
50 Teddy bears have been sent for medical and dental providers who will be working with Brazilian practicioners. The Sailors involved would be off of USS OAK HILL (LSD 51), deploying under the Southern Partnership Station Banner. These teddy bears will be for the use of the medical and dental practitioners who treat children on the island of Marambaia (Ilha da Marambaia), Brazil.
The US practitioners will be working with Brazilian practitioners there. The island is about 50 miles from Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. The primary focus of Southern Partnership Station is training, so it's a small contingent, but they are delighted to receive teddies to comfort frightened or hurting children who need medical attention on the Island.