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Area Children Collect Bears for Shelter in India

Hampden/Winterport -

HAMPDEN, Maine – Children from schools in Hampden and Winterport collected teddy bears to send to a shelter in India at the end of the school year. Becky Mallory, a teacher at Reeds Brook Middle School in Hampden, visited a shelter in India this winter for children who were rescued from human trafficking situations. She took the classroom bear from Mrs. Patterson’s 3rd grade class at Smith School in Winterport along as part of a class project for the students. While Mrs. Mallory was in India, she realized that the children in the shelter were fascinated with the bear and wished to have one of their own. She mentioned this on her blog, and her statement caught the attention of Senior Girl Scout Troop 199 who have become penpals and supporters of the children in that shelter. The troop began a teddy bear drive in the Hampden and Winterport schools with the help of Mrs. Patterson’s class. They collected enough bears for all the children in that shelter with some to spare for another shelter as well. The bears were delivered in late June by the organization Made By Survivors with which Mrs. Mallory is involved. For more information, call 991-1782.

For More Information:

Contact Name: Stefanie Duron

Telephone Number: (207)991-1782

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Email: rduron@tds.net