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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.
Hugs Across America National Charity Fundraiser provides monies for teddies to children in traumatic circumstances throughout the country. Join us! ...or help with our effort. All are welcome!
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at a Cocktail Party
Friday, November 2, 2007
7:00 - 10:00 PM
Manhasset Bay Yacht Club
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Helping Kids in Crisis
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He told the operator what happened and said he and his younger siblings hid all night because they were afraid.
"Somebody broke into our house last night and I don't know who it was and they killed everybody here except my sister, my brother and me," one of the children reported to police. His mother and grandmother were dead, but the children were not harmed.
The three young witnesses 9 yrs, 5 years and 3 years will be taken to Family Services and receive the hugs of teddies from the Kelsey Briggs Chapter of Hugs in Oklahoma. Thank you for being there for children in crisis.
Flash floods from constant and torrential rains soaked the Midwest flooding homes, stranding motorist and closing major transportation routes. Hugs chapters, both old and new, set out to help the American Red Cross as they created shelter after shelter around the Findlay, Ohio area.
Cincinnati's Church of the Nazarene Chapter joined a new chapter entitled "Bear Necessities" of Columbus and the Stonybrook United Methodist Church of Gahanna, Ohio, whose teddy program is joining our effort to provide hundreds of teddy bears to those children whose families are stranded and whose home are lost.
A special thanks to all for your quick response.
Families are frustrated but continue to hope that six trapped miners are alive. Work is temporarily stopped after another cave in at the Crandall Canyon Mine killed three rescurer workers and injured six more.
The Mountain Valley American Red Cross nearby Huntington, Utah has given teddies to the families and now needs 35 more. "We need all the hugs we can get", acknowledges Katrina Pope of the Red Cross. "We are running out of time, families are beginning to feel that they have given up."