JOHNSBURG - Kindergarteners, first-, second- and third-graders at Johnsburg Central School joined regional volunteers to host a program last Monday called "Bridging People and Places."
JCS students dressed donated teddy bears with homemade clothing, showered them with attention and then prepared them to be sent throughout the world to people in need.
Bridging People and Places is a free program run out of Schuylerville and is based on a mission to provide comfort to children and women throughout the world who are struggling with personal issues such as life-threatening illness, neglect/abuse, loss of a loved one, child loss, loss of belongings due to fire, or other traumatic events.
The teddy bears, whose main purpose is to provide comfort, have been
deemed bear hugs and are dressed in handmade sweaters and hats by volunteer school children, assisted living residents and other community groups.
"These bears have been filled with love and hugged many times," said JCS staff member, Kiely Knickerbocker.
Founded in 2000, Bridging People and Places purchased more than 3,000 teddy bears and volunteers knitted more than 3,500 sweater and hat outfits for these bears last year. After being dressed and hugged, bears are mailed to those in need of the comfort that these bears are designed to provide.
"The Bridging People and Places program was a wonderful opportunity for JCS students to learn more about caring and sharing with others less fortunate than themselves," said Knickerbocker.
For more information on Bridging People and Places or to learn how to make a donation, visit www.bridgingpeople.org.