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Dont be afraid... I am here bears

I have been a knitter/crocheter crafter my whole life, being taught to knit and crochet by my Mom at a young age and watching her create. I became aware of the great need of our children today for comfort while in family court. At a support meeting run by the National Committee of Grandparents for Childrens rights I was crocheting a bear and mentioned to the woman running the group Brigitte Castelano (executive director)that I wish I could give a bear to each child who experiences being taken away from someone they love. Surprisingly she said to me I can make that happen.. and panic set in as to how I would provide enough bears. by suggestion of a woman in my Local yarn store, I started a Ravelry group not knowing a thing about groups, and people started joining, making bears and sending them to me, before I knew it I had so many bears that you couldnt see the twin size bed they were being stored on.. there are pictures of that on our website (http://dontbeafraidiamherebears.tripod.com)
Our first delivery in September of 2009 was to The Department of Human Resourses in Uniondale, NY to Commissioner Dr. John Imhof's office and met with him and his staff who graciously accepted the 125 bears we had brought with us for them. (pictures on the website)
and we have been growing from there, expanding to Suffolk County Department of human resources, Coalitions against Domestic Violence and Child abuse and neglect, and Child advocacy Centers. We have given out close to 1000 bears since that first delivery last September, and the need for bears is growing. I have a few ladies who provide bears regularly and they have been supplying these children with the bears we can make up not fast enough. Our goal has been to try to achieve 90 bears per month with deliveries every 3 months to replenish the organizations supplies. We have gotten awards from Suffolk county DSS and A Citation from Nassau County Deparment of Human Services signed by the former county executive Thomas Souzi (also on the website.


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