Teddys for Newtown

Sending teddys to the town of Newtown!

"After the terrible tragedy that has taken place in Newtown, Connecticut I feel the lord is calling on me to do something. I have decided I want to collect teddy bears for each of the children that attend Sandy Hook Elementary. In such a terrible time like this I want them to be comforted. I know a teddy bear is so small and can no way take all of the pain away that was caused by this day, but I hope a new fuzzy friend to hug will help."

My name is Alysa and I am a twenty year old from a small town in central Illinois.

Above is what I posted on a facebook group I created called "Teddys for Newtown."

I have asked many people to help me collect bears to send your way! Within an hour of creating the page, I had a huge response and so many of my friends and family are excited to help!

My heart aches for the community of Newtown. I happen to be studying elementary education at Illinois State University, so I feel a special connection to the children and teachers at the school. Soon, teddys will be sent your way!  

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Lanae Ringler December 16, 2012 at 08:54 PM
http://msteddybear.us/teddybear9to10.html this is just one of many websites to purchase bears from. The address to ship them to is: Taylorville Home Source 919 W Spresser St. Taylorville Il 62568
Moe December 17, 2012 at 07:32 PM
A local radio station in Hartford (CT) began a teddy bear drive yesterday. I too had been wanting to give teddy bears to help these poor children who survived that god-awful day. I'd heard about the radio station drive just an hour before it ended. I ran to the closest Walmart and bought $60 worth of stuffed baby animals that were oh so soft (Walmart had no teddy bears). I ran out of the store and the flew the 8 miles to the teddy bear drive...only to find out I had but only one stuffed animal! In my haste to get there, I didn't even realize the cashier handed me only one bag. Thankfully, I called the store, they had my other bags put to the side. I flew (too fast actually) back to the store and then back to the teddy drive and got there just as they were packing up their vans at 4:01pm (it ended at 4:00). That was the longest period of time I had gone through without crying since Friday. As a Connecticut resident, I thank you all and am touched by your heartfelt kindness. Although I know no one from Newtown and live about 45 minutes away, it feels like this happened in my back yard, and I've been rocked to core like never before. Reading how my fellow statesmen, countrymen and the rest of the world are reacting helps more than I can say. Keep the drive going! There are thousands and thousands of elementary school students in our state who are afraid to go to school. It would be nice to ease their pain and fears as well.
Moe December 17, 2012 at 07:34 PM
You are an extremely special person Alysa! And this is just what our state needs right now...Thank you!
Traci Gehm December 18, 2012 at 02:55 AM
My kids were in Head O Meadow Friday in Lockdown, When their friends back home heard they wanted to do something too. We started a teddy bear drive in Upstate New York's Sourthern tier friday night and have enough bears donated already to hand out to at least 2 of the 4 elementary schools and it keeps growing. We have only been here a little over a month, and the response back home is amazing. I posted a blog about our story earlier today.
Lois Imbriano Barber December 18, 2012 at 12:25 PM
Jennifer, I have been in touch with Social Services. Are you free tonight or tomorrow night?


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