Teddy Bear Friends

Teddy bears are as popular in American culture as baseball and apple pie. Maybe that’s why we have multiple special days set aside to honor them each year. Winnie the Pooh Day is on January 18. July 10 is Teddy Bear Picnic Day, when you’re supposed to have lunch on a blanket under a shade tree with your Teddy bear. September 9 is Teddy Bear Day. November 14 is National American Teddy Bear Day. November 16 is “Have a Party with Your Bear Day.” Of course, any day is a good time to celebrate the fluffy, furry, cute stuffed animals that delight us as children – and remain dear to our hearts when we grow up. The Teddy bear was named after President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt. In November 1902 he refused to shoot a bear cub offered to him as a hunting trophy, because he considered shooting a captured bear to be unsportsmanlike. Since then, Teddy bears have been a popular gift for children.

Teddy’s Bears for Kids – The Theodore Roosevelt Association, a national historic organization chartered by an Act of Congress in 1920 and dedicated to keeping the legacy of our nation’s 26th President alive, started the Teddy Bears for Kids Program in 1986 with only one goal – to help make sick children smile and feel safe by distributing bears to hospitalized children. Throughout the year, Teddy bears are sent to specific children’s hospitals that have gift programs for emergency rooms, sick children’s wards, and special needs. Since 1986, the TRA has presented more than 80,000 Teddy bears to children across the country in the name of Teddy Roosevelt, the “Father of the Teddy Bear.” Help bring smiles and a little comfort to hospitalized children all across America. Give a plush, cuddly 14″ Teddy bear today. Visit www.teddysbearsforkids.org to learn how you can help.

Teddy Bear Cops – Police, fire, and ambulance personnel have found that giving a Teddy bear to traumatized children helps to stabilize and calm them. The bear gives the child something to focus on, to hold onto, and often can prevent a child from slipping into a state of shock. The care of an emergency official and the action of cuddling a teddy bear may also help prevent or reduce any lasting emotional damage to these children. The Teddy Bear Cops program was created by the National Association of Police & Lay Charities (NAPLC). This charitable organization uses the proceeds from donated vehicles to purchase Teddy bears in large quantities and ship them to police, fire and emergency officials across the United States. These Teddy bears are carried in the vehicles of first responders and given to children they encounter at accident and emergency scenes, in child abuse cases, and other crisis situations.

Don’t have a car to donate? The next time you see Teddy bears displayed for sale in a store, buy several (as long as they are certified as safe for children); then box them up and mail or drop them off at your local police or fire department. Enclose a short note stating that the bears are to be placed in vehicles and given to children who have endured a crisis; include your name and address. The Glendale Fire Department’s Trauma Teddy Program is one successful example of such a program run on a local level.

Teddy Bear Links

See/hear the Teddy Bear Song on YouTube – “A Tribute To All Things Teddy Bear.”

Learn fun facts about the history of Teddy bears, at Knowledge House.

Read about one of the world’s most famous Teddy bears, Winnie the Pooh.

Find links to Teddy bear lesson plans and activities at About Homeschooling.

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