Plattsburgh women bring Christmas to foster children

— With the restraints cutting into her wrists, Peter’s humming made her feel OK to sleep.

“It’s a ‘should read,’ but a very hard read,” Mesec said. “It’ll break your heart.” 

After reading the book, Mesec became aware of Jeanie’s charitable organization that tries to provide foster children with comforts through Big Family of Michigan.

In a video on Jeanie’s website, Jeanie said “I saw a real need to give to these children things that I didn’t get when I was in the system. And so I started collecting teddy bears for children to have something soft to hang onto to them, giving them a birthday party to acknowledge that they existed and that people cared about them.”

Jeanie started “Big Family of Michigan” in memory of Peter to help foster children so they would not go through what she and her siblings endured.

The organization cares for kids from the time they enter the foster system until they are fostered out, and provides items including clothes, personal items, suitcases and school supplies.

Jeanie believes every child needs a teddy bear.

Mesec said the collection of the bears was a great collaborative effort.

“Everyone wanted to help,” Mesec said. “Bears came from so many places and people, we also picked them up at lawn sales, garage sales and flea markets. Some given free and some for 25 cents. The bears all got a bath, a ribbon, if needed new stuffing, new noses or surgery.”

“It was really fun doing it, and it took some of the pain from the book,” Mesec said. “Anything good to wipe out something bad is always a good thing.”

Mesec wanted to thank Alissa Hoff, the American Legion, Amy LeClair, Anne Brown, April Guynup, Ausable school, Barbara Boyea, Beekmantown School, Bonnie Benner, Carmelle Monette, Cindy Decoste, CVPHMC, Darcey Castine, David and Sandy Schwartz, David Belrose, Debbie Chapmen, Diane Brockway, Dolly Leturneau, Donna Bechard, Elizabeth Bryer, Eye Care for the Adirondack, Genienkeh Bingo Hall, Jane Hercht & Friends in Vt. Jason Lauren, Jean LaBombard, Jessica McGillin, Jim Seguin, Judy Duffina, Julie Everleth, Kendra Hawksby, Kristie Berube, Laura Bechard, Lisa Lapoint, Lisa LaValley, Marilyn Parsons, Matthew Mesec, Mooers School, Branda Babbie, OLVA, Peru School, Russell Mesec, Sandy Stone, Sara Armes, Shannon Ryan, St. Mary’s Mission, St. Vincent De Paul, Stephanie Brown, and World Warehouse.

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