We are HUGE fans of teddy bears in our home. My husband has a collection of many bears he has acquired throughout his childhood and when the twins were born, they came home from the hospital to all kinds of matching furry friends. Each child chooses the “it” toy, the one key toy or blanket that will travel with them everywhere. I had my rag doll, made by my grandmother, Jenny, who went everywhere – college, Europe, and still sits in my room. My husband has Ba-Bear, and my boys have Baby Bear, Koala and Pooh. Baby Bear and Koala joined the family while my husband was on an 18month deployment. We had daddy record his voice in a voicebox, so when the boys gave the bears a hug, the bear said “Daddy loves you”. I think this is one of the reasons these two bears have become the “it” toy.
Donating $15 can give another child something huggable while their parent is away, for months at a time, on deployment. I can’t think of ANYTHING better!
Did you know that Operation Gratitude sends cuddly bears in care packages to our youngest Warriors — the children of deployed Military? Battalion Buddy packages come individually assembled in a box 8 1/2″ by 11″ by 5″, that closely resembles the “care packages” we send to our brave men and women serving overseas. Inside each box is the Battalion Buddy bear dressed in a “camo”-style jacket.
To learn more about the Battalion Buddy Program and how it got started, please go to: http://bit.ly/BattalionBuddies
Family Readiness Officers and battalion leaders wishing to **request Battalion Buddy packages should send an email to Battalionbuddy@gmail.com for more information.
Each Battalion Buddy Care Package costs Operation Gratitude $15 to assemble and send to a Military child. Financial donations to support the Battalion Buddy Program can be made online here:Donate to Battalion Buddiesor by check made payable and addressed to:
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