Cathy Babao Guballa of nancydrewandme.blogspot.com is facilitating a project to gather a thousand teddy bears for the children of typhoon-devastated Bicol.
As of this post, she had already gathered more than three hundred teddy bears and stuffed toys. This is mainly for the children to help them cope with the trauma and stress. According to Cathy,
Play and toys have been very effective tools in helping children heal from trauma and tragedy. Stuffed toys have been known to be effective comfort givers in times of extreme stress and fear. To children, stuffed animals are more than toys, they’re imaginary friends who are always ready to give comfort or play.
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What do we need?
Teddy Bears – new or in good condition
or friendly looking and cuddly stuffed toys that can be hugged by the children
We are also accepting art materials – notebooks, pens, pencils and crayons that we can pack and give to the children. In addition to play therapy, art therapy is also a proven effective tool in helping heal the children.
Where can you drop off the materials?
Quezon City — 41 Milkyway Drive, Blue Ridge, Quezon City contact – 918-906-8852
Makati — The Room Upstairs, 2nd floor, LRI Building, Nicanor Garcia (formerly Reposo), Makati City tel no. 899-9318
Alabang – Room 306, Medical Arts Building, Asian Hospital (clinic of Dr. Noemi Guloy)
Can we have the bears picked-up?
Some companies and schools are doing “bear drives” so yes, we can pick up a minimum of 30 bears from your school or office.
A Thousand Bears for Bicol (TBB) is an exercise in watching the way God’s hand works and seeing how wonderful and awesome He is in His kindness and faithfulness towards all of us. God cares for all the little children and is especially loving of widows and orphans. I know that through you, He cares for His children in Bicol. I pray that you allow yourself to be His vessel of love and kindness.
Thank you once again for spreading the word and God bless you all this holiday season.
Blessings and teddybear hugs,