We are happy to keep bringing you Hugs Across America news, highlight activities of our volunteers and create a fun place for our visitors, supporters and friends of our mission.
Take a look at this video! Thanks to the inginuity of our Nebraska Chapter. Yeah!
The Music Institue of Long Island performed a Holiday Concert to benefit Hugs Across America. The performers ranged in age from 6 years to 14 years ... of course they were joined by a couple of delighted adults, as well!
The effort was an effective fund raiser and an opportunity for the youngsters to show their remarkable talent. To those of us who attended the event, it was a wonderful and joyous begining of the Holiday Season. Blessings to all ...and a very happy New Year!
Take a look, they make beautiful music!
The 40th Expeditionary Signal Battalion from Fort Huachuca, Arizona left just before the Holidays. 150 teddies were provided by Hugs so that their children might have a special bear hug before Mom or Dad left.
Thanks to the effort of Family Readiness Coordinator Kristen Lambrecht.
The Hugs Across America annual cocktail party was a rousing success! Over 100 guests enjoyed dinner, music by jazz singer, Thos Shipley, words of touching wisdom from author, HBO commentator and past president of the Cystic Fibrosis Society, Frank Deford, as all helped honor some very special Hug's volunteers.
Katie Stainkamp, won the Presidential Points of Light Service Award this year and Ralph Iskaros our web master extraordinaire, received the annual Hugs "special effort" award. Thank you to all who attended and gave generously toward our mission to comfort children in crisis. Perhaps Frank Deford's words should be remembered by all who share this mission!
"I asked my 6 yr old daughter, Alex, what she wanted to be when she grew up and her response was, " A princess"! ...after many difficult therapy sessions of trying to dislodge mucous from her very clogged, Cystic, lungs by literally pounding her back ...I had occasion to ask again what she wanted to be, but her goal had changed ...when asked why, she said "Because Daddy, my crown will fall off." ... What your organization does by providing teddies and hugs of hope is to return to these hurting children the belief that they really are the prince and princess’ of their dreams. “
My family is all safe as of right now, but this fire is honestly very unpredictable and new evacuations have been emerging every hour, on the hour since the fire began yesterday morning. We have about 250,000 people displaced from their homes county-wide tonight, with many of those communities, as I said, surrounding my hometown, so these are my neighbors, my friends, and my family members. Red Cross Shelters have been set up throughout the county, as well as a number of unofficial shelters because of the intense need and over-capacity.
I am very interested in getting some bears to these kids and families. Bless your heart for extended out a helping hand in our time of need. Estimates continue to climb as to the number of homes burned, and this is far from over. It is said to be worse that the "Cedar Fire 2003" in which some homes were just finished rebuilding this month, only to be burnt down again! So tragic. These bears could really bring some light into our very smokey world.
I just wanted to let you know that the number one item being requested by the Police/Volunteers and Red Cross, as of right now, is comfort items for children. The 200 plus Hugs bears that are already on the way will be a big help for these lost and frightened children... This only further demonstrates the immense impact your organization makes upon people in the worst of circumstances. : )
My name is Cristen Boerman and I am currently a student at San Diego State University, about to graduate in May 2008 with a Bachelors of Science in Family Development. I currently hold an Associates of Science degree in Child Development from Cuyamaca College and a permit from the California Comission on Teacher Credentialing as a Teacher.
I plan on working with students at San Diego State as well as local preschools to collect and tag bears for my Chapter of Hugs Across America.