Jonathon's Closet

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

She only had to ask ...

Oh, he danced around and was more animated than I ever could have imagined he'd be; My 14-year-old young man, in a lifesized Teddy Bear costume!

And when asked "what did your Mom have to promise you to get you to agree to be stuffed into a fur suit?", Jona responded:

"I know how important this project is. I was given a bear by the paramedics on the morning my Dad died. I know how much this means. She only had to ask."

The Teddy Bear Project
... providing Teddy Bears to children affected by domestic abuse and other traumatic events.

Mission: To give symbols of comfort and caring to children experiencing trauma due to violence in the home or an emergency medical situation.

Vision: We know that domestic abuse happens every day. We also know that organizations working with survivors need help. Unity of Greater Lansing is committed to supporting them through The Teddy Bear Project.


We are collecting new Teddy Bears, from Beanie Baby size up to 18" long, to give to first responders (police, fire, ambulance, pediatric trauma unit) as well as to domestic violence shelters to distribute to children experiencing trauma.

Our goal is 25,000 bears. Yes, this number is sadly astronomical. Yet this is the number of bears that the agencies involved estimate that they use in ONE YEAR'S TIME. Won't you consider making a difference in the life of a traumatized child and send a bear?

Bears can be sent to:

240 Marshall Street
Lansing, MI 48912
attn: Kate

This project is endorsed by:
The Lansing City Council
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero
State Senator Gretchen Whitmer
Fire Chief Tom Cochran
Police Chief Mark Alley
Bishop David Maswell; Office of Community and Interfaith Initiatives


  • I'm posting this on my blog, too. We're also going through teddy bears (and other things) so expect a box from us!

    By Anonymous chaosmommy, at 12:57 PM  

  • Amen and thank you, Jona! Hugs!

    By Blogger Valerie - Still Riding, at 7:38 AM  

  • You brought tears to my eyes Kate. I have been of the blog scene for a little while.

    I am going to the post office this week to mail you a bear.

    You are such a sweet, strong and brave woman.

    Hugs to you xx

    By Blogger Britmum, at 5:06 PM  

  • Somebody is winging there way to you. xx

    By Blogger Britmum, at 7:43 PM  

  • Hi there! I just found your website from a google search on teddy bear donations--are your bears going nationwide or just to the local area? I am trying to find a nationwide organization that gets bears into the hands of agencies that need them. Is there such a thing?
    ~Angela :-)

    By Anonymous Angela (Cottage Magpie), at 11:57 AM  

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