1000 Bears for Bicol

Saw this entry from a forum I frequent. It reminds me of a story I read from Chicken Soup for the American Soul. It told of schools collecting bears to send out to NY after the 9/11 Tragedy.

Here's the Philippine version. To those who want to help out, THANK YOU in advance.

An excerpt:

Play and toys have been very effective tools in helping children heal from trauma and tragedy. Stuffed toys have been known to be effective comfort givers in times of extreme stress and fear. To children, stuffed animals are more than toys, they're imaginary friends who are always ready to give comfort or play. They provide a certain amount of security in a sometimes scary world. Though it may be a small act, my heart's desire is to bring as many stuffed toys - ideally friendly looking teddy bears to the children in the Bicol region. I am hoping to raise at least a thousand bears that I can send to the Albay province in time for Christmas, hoping that these bears will bring even a little joy and comfort to children like Miguel who have a long way to go on their healing journey. I am making arrangements with am NGO in the Albay province to ditsribute the bears on Christmas day.

If you have been moved to action by this photo, and God is speaking to your heart, please remember the children of Bicol as you do your Christmas shopping this season. Remember how you and your family have been spared from such a terrible loss. I pray that you find it in your hearts to reach out to those families whose lives have now been forever changed by this tragedy. Please help me raise a thousand bears for Bicol by December 15 so that we can send them out in time for Christmas. You may send the bears to this address : A Thousand Bears for Bicol, 41 Milkyway Drive, Blue Ridge, Quezon City. If you belong to an organization, we can pick up your box of at least 30 bears or more, just send an email to griefisajourney@gmail.com

I will be sending out bears but I also need to let other people know about it and hopefully convince my office to do their part in Corporate Social Responsibility. And if they can pick them up, I'd go around our village and ask our neighbors to do this as well.

It's worth doing.

* Please re-post this on your blog to spread awareness. Thanks! If we were able to help Pyro with his wish (which was pretty hard), we can help these kids from Albay.

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Hi! Let's all try to add more positivity in this world and adhere to the saying, "if you don't have anything nice to say, keep silent."

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