Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Beary wise words...

I love how this awesome scrapbooking industry brings good causes across our paths. And if there's some way that I can help... I just LOVE it!

Today's Wednesday Wise Words are in support of a "beary" special cause. A dear friend of mine, MrsC is collecting teddy bears for the Teddy Bear Clinic in Johannesburg. The Teddy Bear Clinic is an outpatient facility of the Johannesburg Hospital and the Department of Paediatrics and offers a variety of support services, counselling and care to sexually abused children. During each of the five visits, every child gets to choose a teddy bear to take home. You can read more about it here.

MrsC and
Threadbear have challenged a group on the international forum - ToyVoyagers to assist in collecting teddy bears from all over the world. They are pretty close to the target, but I know with the help of blogworld we can help collect 1000 bears to give to the Teddy Bear Clinic.

Here are a some of the bears that have arrived at MrsC's doorstep from all over.

I paid a visit to Threadbear and "bear central" earlier this week, just in time to see one of many loads of bears come out of the wash and get fluffed up to dry in the sun. Every teddy gets a coordinated ribbon tied around its neck after receiving any amount of TLC necessary - seams sewed, eyes fixed, noses re-shaped etc.

Threadbear was recently nominated as the Toy Voyager of the Week.

So... if you have teddy bears - new, previously loved or even knitted - please show your support to Threadbear and his mentor MrsC as they bless the children who visit the Teddy Bear Clinic. You might even get your schools involved with a knitting drive, teach them to knit - something for kids to do during school holidays, any size big or small! It's easy to pop them into a padded envelope and mail them, or if you're in the Jhb area you might like to deliver.

Mail to:
P O Box 785
South Africa

And for you crafty people out there here are a few links to patterns:
Make a teddy

Bev's Country Cottage knitted bear
Bev's Country Cottage crocheted bear
Care wear patterns
Tripod little teddy

Thank you beary much!


Threadbear said...

My dearest Lara,

thank you so much for assisting me in my collection of bears for The Teddy Bear Clinic!

Much Teddy Love,

Stacey Michaud said...

Wow--that's a lot of bears! What a great cause!

Jen said...

What a wonderful cause! Thank you for sharing!