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"Will it ever be easier, will the vulnerability go away, will random madness stop"? ... these questions our students want to know. We can not give the answers, but we can give them hugs, and hope and the sure knowledge that they are not alone in their grief. 115 Hugs teddy bears will greet the 100 students who return to an Ocean Geology class in Cole Hall when classes begin after the massacre on Valentine's Day. The Counseling Center feels that the students will find comfort in their hugs.
"I thought of you last night...it took me 3 and 1/2 hours to get home during the ice storm with the Severn River Bridge closed down. I worked an extra shift Tuesday to just help out...well...I stopped dead near the Mall/Parole exit for 3 hours!!! Two cars behind me, a mom and her 2 little girls, slid on the ice. Their vehicle went under a truck. Mom was pinned in and had injuries, one little girl had an asthma attack, they both were crying desperately. Well, I called EMS 3 times and it took 45 minutes to get 2 ambulances driving in the wrong direction on the shoulder to get to us. At one point I was on the phone with EMS and telling them I felt like the lone ranger out there and needed help. Then you came to my mind and I realized I had 2 teddy bears in the car...a flash of you with Hugs Across America...I nearly hung up on EMS but not till I told them...get me help out here...all I have are 2 blankets, a first aid kit, found an inhaler for the child having an asthma attack, and, oh yes, 2 teddy bears....I ran to the car under the truck and gave those 2 little girls the bears...they smiled bigger than life and tears abated! ... they were still clinging to those teddies when they went into the ambulance! Please Sue, know that your bears are touching lives out here. After this experience, I will never be without bears again. "
( This from a nurse at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland)
The Camarilla group has been charitable in their support of Hugs Across America. Many thanks for their generosity.
Arkansas and Tennessee were hit particularly hard as more than 12 tornados destroyed hundreds of homes, college dorms, nursing homes and the lives of over 50 people. The Hugs Chapter in Little Rock, Arkansas, led by Amber Clark of the "Blackheart 13" Sorority, is mounting a drive to get the hundreds of teddies needed to comfort children effected by this emergency. She shared her request for bears with the viewing audience of Channel 4 News and has already received a wonderful response. The American Red Cross of Little Rock, through the efforts of Bridgett Williams, will be providing the first response avenue for the teddies to reach the children whose homes were destroyed. They are requesting 1500 teddies...if you can spare a new teddy, please contact Amber at