Bridging People and Places
One Person at a Time
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WHAT ARE BEAR HUGS?
“Bear Hugs” are teddy bears, dressed with handmade sweaters and hats, filled with love by people who care. Our bears are a symbol of comfort and love to those who receive them.
Volunteers, from senior citizens to school children, lovingly make more than 2,500 bear sweaters and hats each year. Children, residents in assisted living and skilled nursing, and community groups fill our bears with their special hugs and healing love as they dress them.
The bears also have a positive effect on our volunteers. In the words of one of our homebound knitters, “I was so happy when I found this project; it makes me feel so good.” Another volunteer told us, "I knit love into every stitch." A Girl Scout volunteer said, "It's not everyday that kids get to help with something this important."
We all need hugs, just to get along.
Some hugs are weak, these hugs are strong.
I’m filled up with love, by people who care,
So if you need a hug, I’ll always be there.
When you look in my eyes, you can see who you are.
You’re special and priceless, a shining bright star.
WHO RECEIVES BEAR HUGS?
Groups and Organizations
Many groups and organizations receive our "Bear Hugs" for their clients. The groups we support provide services to children who are abused or neglected and to children with serious and life threatening illnesses. We also support organizations working with: cancer, hospice, and bereavement groups. Our bears also go to women with cancer. Click here to read more about the groups and organizations who receive our "Bear Hugs."
Bridging People and Places gives Bear Hugs each year to individuals who experience personal crisis, the loss of a loved one, or encounter a serious life threatening disease. Click here to read more about these individuals.
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