GFTW to Collect Stuffed Animals During Share-A-Bear-A-Thon Thursday


Photo: Gleaning For The World

Gleaning For The World celebrates National Teddy Bear Day with Mister Goodies on Timberlake Road in Lynchburg with the Share-A-Bear-A-Thon, Thursday, September 9 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Mister Goodies will give one free ice cream to anyone who donates new or gently used stuffed animals to GFTW’s "Teddy Bear Brigade" during the Share-A-Bear-A-Thon event.

Through the Teddy Bear Brigade program, stuffed animals are given to children whose homes and lives have been turned upside down whenever natural disaster strikes.

Sometimes, a child’s favorite toy or stuffed animal may disappear in a storm, or even worse, a parent or loved one may have been hurt or killed. A stuffed animal will provide comfort to a child when they need it most.

GFTW also sends stuffed animals in their international shipping containers to children living in poverty, in orphanages, or in refugee camps around the world.

The organization distributes approximately 35,000 stuffed animals to children each year through their Teddy Bear Brigade.

"We are so grateful for their partnership in helping us collect stuffed animals for children facing difficult circumstances all around the world,” Gleaning’s president, Jeane Smiley-Mason said of Mr. Goodies.

For more information about Share-a-Bear-a-Thon and the Teddy Brigade, visit the Gleaning For The World website.


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