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Teddies for Tragedies

Contact: Joan Somers or Dorothy Creighton through website www.nbjess.com

About Us: In 1998 Teddies for Tragedies was created in the UK. Today there are volunteers all over the world knitting Teddy bears for children traumatized because of war, poverty, and many other things.

Our group started in 2005 when my friend gave me the pattern and I started knitting not knowing where they were destined for. We told others and a group started with volunteers who knit teddies for a hobby and from the heart.

In just a short time we have sent out our Teddies for Tragedies to many countries, Haiti, Congo, Uganda, Uruguay, South America, Nicaruga, and to the Shoebox "Operation Christmas Child" with orders for early in 2006 for another 300+ to go to South America, Hondorus "children of the dump", Haiti and Mexico "the children of the dump" These Teddies have been given to the terminally ill, elderly, ambulance,& emergency room at hospital. To these countries and places we have sent over 700 Teddy Bears with a Bag for each one.

We have some pictures on the website with news and a list of volunteers who have joined our group in the past year. We are so thankful to have found such kind hearted and caring people to help in our cause.

We make/Need: All of our teddies are knit and crochet in a very simple pattern. They are all different colors and patterns. Teddies are about 12" tall and stuffed with soft loose stuffing or unused quilt batts. There is a cotton bag made for each teddy which measures about 11" x 13" finished and has a draw string in the top so the child can carry it around. One doctor told me that a child can put all they own in that little bag in some countries.

We accept Teddies, Bags, Donated wool and cotton material which is given out to our knitters if they want.

Patterns are found at www.teddiesfortragedies.org and an easier way of doing it with less sewing is on my site at www.nbjess.com
Thank You
Joan/nbjess


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