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Our new Greater LA Chapter of hugs, entitled " Bear Hugs R Best" is launching a badge for Girl and Boy Scouts to encourage community service in the LA area. They are working with Hugs to develop requirements that are age appropriate and an effective tool for youngsters interested in bringing hugs to children in crisis.
This is a sneak preview of the badge. What do you think ? Will this help your group as you begin to work with Hugs?
Girl/Boy Scout Community Service Badge with
2. Watch TV news for 1 week - document circumstances in which children might be in crisis.
3. Read local news daily for 1 week and cut out articles in which children might be in crisis.
4. Write a paragraph or talk about how children in crisis might feel, use examples from your research.
5. Think about your own experience and write or tell a friend about how your teddy helped you when you were scared or sad.
6. Find out what organizations in your community would help children who are hurting, frightened or are in an emergency situation. Examples: Fire Dept/ Police Dept/Ambulance Service, Hospital, County Sheriff,
7. Draw a map of your community locating these places.
8. Decide how and where you will collect teddy bears to comfort children in crisis. The bears have to be new, 9"- 14" in size for good hugging and not fancy...just a comfort bear.
9. Design/create signs/flyers to request teddies.
10. Talk to your church, school, local businesses or neighbors about joining your effort.
11. Design/make collection boxes (large enough for a bunch of teddies) for each group that wishes to help
12. Hand out flyers about your project
13. When bears are collected, write out tags with messages of concern and hope, and then place one around each teddy's neck.
14. Deliver bears to agency that you or your troop decides to support.
15. Take pictures of your effort and write a news article to be submitted to your local paper and to Hugs Across America for your Chapter website.
16. Research and discuss what other agencies or professions use bears to help children.
17. Research and discuss what other age groups other than children might benefit from teddy bear hugs.
what other age groups other than children might benefit from teddy bear hugs.
Some 20 teddies are on the way to the Mercedes, Texas class of Judy Trunnell who died Tuesday, May 5th of Swine Flu. Judy, who delivered a healthy baby girl just before her death, will be deeply missed by her family, fellow teachers at Travis Elementary School and her students. May they all know that our hugs and prayers are with them.
East Street School
Hicksville, New York
Future Corps Project
"Hug A Bear" for Hugs Across America
The students, parents and faculty all shared in this Future Corp Project, "Hug a Bear." This organization reaches out to comfort children in crisis. In eight days, we were able to collect $925 which allowed us to purchase 185 bears for these children.
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The raging wildfires in Horry County are forcing more people out of their homes as flames encroach upon Carolina Forest.
Fire officials told WMBF News that the entire area of Carolina Bays has been evacuated, and The Farm subdivision is on a voluntary evacuation.
Earlier, officials in North Myrtle Beach say at least 69 homes have been destroyed in North Myrtle Beach as a 15,000 acre wildfire continues to spread throughout northeastern Horry County.
North Myrtle Beach Mayor Marilyn Hatley says in addition to the 69 destroyed homes, 29 have also been severely damaged. 45 teddy bears are on the way to comfort the children of families sheltered in the Aquatic and Fitness Center of North Myrtle Beach. Heather Smith confirms that the children are left with nothing, and are so frightened.
The current humanitarian mission will take the ship to seven Latin American and Caribbean nations, including Antigua, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Panama.
Its medical capabilities seem endless: 12 spotless operating rooms for its 20 surgeons, five dental rooms, the most modern scanners and MRIs around, 5,000 units of blood, 1,000 beds and enough boats and helicopters to transport hundreds of patients a day.
The last similar mission for the ship was in 2007. The USNS Comfort is one of only two such ships under the U.S. arsenal. The other is the USNS Mercy, based in San Diego.
Also aboard the ship Saturday were 500 teddy bears. No one was quite sure where they were going, but everyone seemed to know where they came from.
A group of girls from the sorority house Phi Sigma Sigma at Florida International University brought them ship side, packed in boxes. Phi Sigma Sigma is a Chapter of Hugs Across America, a not for profit organization that provides teddies for children in crisis.
The bears were all donated, said FIU senior Catherine Vallin, 21.
''We love to give back,'' she added.