Teddy Bear Drive for the Children of Newtown

I can’t do it.

I can’t sit around and feel helpless.  I just can’t sit here 864 miles away and do nothing.  I can’t and I won’t.

I, like so many others, sat speechless on Friday.  The first news I received was via Facebook, a post from my best friend:  “Going to hug my babies tight when I see them. Thinking of everyone in Newtown/Sandy Hook.”  My first thought…She is not an alarmist…something is not right.  I immediately texted her and frantically searched the internet on my phone for information. Once I had confirmation her children were safe I was able to breathe a sigh of relief.  Then I sat, in shock, for the rest of the day.  I continued to share updates with her via text, since neither of us wanted to talk on the phone and risk upsetting our  young children.

Although she does not live in Newtown, she lives in Brookfield, one town over, she knows many people there.  There are the women who are in her Moms Club, who are in her book club, whose children play with her children at the local parks and play places.  These are her friends.  I knew there was a very good chance that she could know one of the victims.  I never fathomed that when all was said and done she would know 4 of the innocent children who were so violently taken from their loved ones.  I can’t even imagine.

After speaking with her I decided I would like to spearhead a local drive to support “Operation Fuzzy Wuzzy II.”   They are a local Connecticut group that will distribute Teddy Bears to the children of Newtown. The bears need to be new and un-wrapped.  I will be happy to pick up any Teddy Bears.  If any of our local business owners would like to be a drop location please let me know! Teddy Bears will be accepted through Dec. 24th so I can ship them to Connecticut by the 28th.

 Why am I doing this?

I can’t sit around and feel helpless.  I can’t sit here 864 miles away and do nothing.  I can’t and I won’t.  This is my best friend.  She grew up here in Plainfield, she is no stranger to tragedy having lived through the tornado. I am doing this for my own children: my daughters in high school who I worry about every day when they leave for school and my six-year-old who I never worried about before Friday when I walk her to the bus stop and kiss her as the bus rolls up to the stop.  Most importantly, I am doing this for the children of Newtown, so that hopefully this small act of kindness can help these children as they move forward.

I can be reached directly at 815-685-5090 to arrange a pick up for the Teddy Bears.

Great News!  Here is the list of business who will be accepting Teddy Bears from now until December 23, 2012:

Eich’s Sports - 24316 W 143rd St, Plainfield, IL

The Perfect Invitation- 24046 W. Lockport Street, Plainfield, IL

Aurelios in Plainfield – 14421 Wallin Drive (Rt. 30), Plainfield, IL   - Free little pizza with each teddy bear donation!!

St. John Lutheran Church – 2650 Plainfield Rd., Joliet -  official drop off times on Wednesday Dec. 19 evening from 5-8 and Saturday Dec 22 evening from 5-6:30pm and Sunday Dec 23 morning from 8am-12.

Bounce Town- 126 B Kirkland Circle, Oswego, IL

Coldwell Banker Honig- Bell:

ALGONQUIN- 777 E. Algonquin Road
AURORA- 1242 Eola Road Suite F
CARY - 10 W. Main Street
CHANNAHON - 25224 W Eames Street
CRYSTAL LAKE - 451 Coventry Lane
FRANKFORT - 9645 Lincolnway Lane
GENEVA - 415 E. State Street
GENOA - 511 W. Main Street
HOMER GLEN - 14851 Founders Crossing (Bell Road)
JOLIET - 950 Essington Road
LAKE GENEVA - 226 Broad Street, Lake Geneva, WI
LOCKPORT - 1165 E 9th Street
MCHENRY - 4104 W. Elm Street
MORRIS –  1222 N Division
NAPERVILLE - 4039 S. Rte 59
NEW LENOX –  1425 E Lincoln Highway
ORLAND HILLS - 8833 W 159th Street
OSWEGO - 22 E. Merchants Dr.
OTTAWA - 1402 Columbus St.
PLAINFIELD - 24034 W. Lockport Street
PLAINFIELD SOUTH –  5700 W Caton Farm Rd
ROMEOVILLE-  632 S Weber Road
SHOREWOOD - 25157 Route 52
SYCAMORE –  1957 DeKalb
YORKVILLE –  928 N. Bridge St.


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2 Responses to “Teddy Bear Drive for the Children of Newtown”

  1. Kari says:

    Sara – your thoughts and act of kindness is amazing. I feel pain in my heart to know that the young man you did this was mentally ill and no one did anything to help this child himself. My heart aches for his family that was left picking up the pieces and having to deal with the fact that their child/brother/cousin etc killed so many innocent children and adults. I could not phathom that as a parent, heck I can’t phathom that as a human being. Yes, I pray for their peace and comfort in this time as well. Most importantly, I pray for the families whose child was taken way too soon and so violently. How does one move on from that? I pray for the heroes and the survivors, I pray for the teachers and faculty’s families who lost a love one by the courageous efforts put forth by those that shielded and instincts that took over to protect the children. Sara – the families will forever be grateful for your act of kindness and that is how they will move on – they will move on by not forgetting but by the people that surround them with love and this is a small way to do that, a teddy bear, bringing a smile to a child’s face through the tears and the fears that nothing could probably take away, but a teddy bear always brings a scared child comfort! You are amazing to do this act of kindness and I think any of us that grew up in Plainfield should support these families and Leslie and send a Teddy Bear!

    Love and prayers – Kari

  2. BIllie Jensen says:

    I just got done doing a drive for the local hospitals. I would be more than willing to do the same for you. I can even have them shipped directly to you or where ever. Here is the facebook event I had created if your interested I can do this almost immediately, and I accept paypal/credit cards. Let me know how I can help. Thanks!


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