Bear Hugs Across the Border by erk15304


Spinoza's "buddy bear project"™
                                                    Speaks . . .                                             Vol. V, No. 1

                                      Bear Hugs Across the Border
In This Issue:             On September 11th we watched in disbelief       Contributions came from individuals, schools,
                                                                           service clubs, church groups, fire departments,
                         the horrible and evil acts of violence to
                         thousands of innocent people, our country         companies, small businesses and municipal
• Bear Hugs              and our way of life. Two days later, I            departments. The largest contribution came
                         received a call from one of Spinoza's friends     from the Teck-Cominco mine in Trail, BC. One
  Across The Border
                         in Vancouver, British Columbia, Kim Smyth.        of the firefighters from the mine heard about the
                         She was very excited as she told me that          campaign and knew first hand how great
• Bears And Moose -      another friend of Spinoza, Karl Johnston,         Spinoza was for children. He asked the
  A Good Team!           General Manager of KBS radio in the town of       employees to contribute enough for one bear,
                         Trail, BC, had started an on air campaign to      but that quickly grew to a combined corporate
• Spinoza Makes          raise money for Spinoza Bears for the             and employee contribution of $40,000.
  An Impact In           children of the fallen heroes at the World          The Muscular Dystrophy Association of
  Domestic Violence      Trade Center. His plan was to send bears to       Canada has run a Spinoza program for several
                         the children of the firefighters, police, and     years, distributing Spinoza Bears with the
• Hats Off To Our        emergency workers who lost their lives in the     assistance of fire fighters and Harley Davidson
  Ambassadors            tragedy. The people from the small, remote        riders, to children with neuro-degenerative
                         communities in the Kootenay region of             conditions. The MDAC joined the effort to
                         British Columbia are familiar with Spinoza        provide administrative and media relations
• The Spotlight                                                            support. In the end, enough funds were raised to
                         Bear and what a friend he is for children with
                         special needs. Each week for the past year, a     send 750 Spinoza Bears to the children and
• Congratulations        child has been presented a Spinoza Bear           families in New York.
  Sponsors               during a radio broadcast. Karl had no idea          The first weekend of December, several
                         what the response would be. He started out        representatives from Canada went to New York
• A Letter From          thinking maybe they would raise enough for        to present the Spinoza bears to Kevin Gallagher,
  Faye                   25 - 30 bears. In the first 10 hours they         President of the Uniformed FireFighters Union.
                         received pledges for over 100 bears!              The bears will be distributed to the children by
• Puppets, Pins,           After the attack on the World Trade Center,     the firefighters, the Patrolman's Benevolent
  Books! - Gifts That    people in British Columbia were asking what       Association, and Dr. Janet Taylor of the
                         they could do to help, just like people in        Bereavement Center of Westchester. All
  Give Twice
                         America and all over the world. News of the       weekend, Canadians and Americans alike said
                         Bear Hugs Across the Border Campaign              they didn't feel there was a border between us
• We Would Like To       spread fast throughout the province.              when the attack happened. It happened to all of
  Thank All Of You                                                         us. They never thought twice about being a part
                                                                           of this effort for the children. As one fireman
• Sponsor Form                                                             said, "Because the children are everything."

• F.Y.I.
                                                                          Richard Melnyk, President of the Trail
                                                                          Firefighters; Ross Hetherington,District
                                                                          Coordinator for the Muscular Dystrophy
                                                                          Association; and Spinoza at Ground Zero.
Spinoza's "buddy bear project"™

                                                                     Bears and Moose - A Good Team !
                                           Women of the Moose are                                               After the tragedies of September
                                        enthusiastic and dedicated                                            11th, Pam Rich, of Germantown,
        In the Great North Woods, bears volunteers serving those in need                                      Ohio, was appointed National
     and moose are common sightings, not only in their own Chapters and                                       Chairwoman for the Spinoza Bear
     but usually not together. But,     Lodges, but more importantly, to                                      project for children who were
     when it comes to helping kids in   those in the community. They                                          affected in New York City.
     crisis, they make a great team.    support many community                                                Chapters responded very quickly
        Spinoza's "buddy bear project"  programs and national charities.                                      and generously and over 110
     is very pleased to welcome the     Two main objectives of the                                            Spinoza Bears have been delivered
     Women of the Moose, a unit of      Women of the Moose are                                                to the children. Almost 340
     Moose International, Inc. to our   Mooseheart, located in Illinois                                       children throughout North
     family of organizations and        and Moosehaven, located in                                            America have been sponsored by
     individuals who are committed to Florida. Mooseheart is the "Child                                       Women of the Moose chapters
     ther children in our communities   City" where children in need are                                      since September. This is a
     who are in need of extra help and  housed, educated and cared for in                                     tremendous accomplishment in
     encouragement. The Women of        a loving environment.                                                 such a short time. We are grateful
     the Moose is promoting Spinoza     Moosehaven is the "City of                                            for the support of the Women of
     as its International Community     Contentment" where the needs of                                       the Moose. Thank you and
     Service Project. There are over    senior members of the Moose                                           congratulations on the success of
     1600 local chapters throughout the family are provided for, including                                    the project. We look forward to a
     United States and Canada.          state of the art medical care.                                        long and warm relationship with
                                                                                                              the Women of the Moose.

   Total Number of Sponsorships                                                      Spinoza Makes A
                                                                                                       n Impact
         as of October, 2001                                                             In Domestic Viole
                                                                             "Thank you so                nce
American Legion Family........................9601                       sponsors for th much for all your hard work
                                                                                           e children I wo                       at trying to fin
                                                                                                             rk with in our
                                                                         shelter and in
                                                                                          our out-client                     Domestic Viole d
Lions & Lioness......................................4321                violence. Spin                  serv                                   nce
                                                                                           oza Bear has b ices to families in domestic
                                                                        tool for the ch                     een a very posi
                                                                                         ildre                               tive therapeuti
VFW Posts & Ladies Auxiliaries............2512
                                                                        grief and traum n in the therapy room as th                           c
                                                                                           a                                  ey
Foundations & Corporations...................2392                       healing and jo issues. It has been a real sou deal with their
                                                                                        y to the childre                      rce of comfort
                                                                       and soak up al                    n. They tender                        ,
                                                                                        l the nurturing                    ly hold Spinoza
Kiwanis..................................................2199          listen to the bea                 they can get fr
                                                                                          r'                              om it
                                                                      their dignity, v s songs and messages of affi . They love to
                                                                                        alu                                 rm
                                                                      enhance the hea e and worth. You are helpin ation about
                                                                                          ling of these ch                  g to
Jaycees.....................................................527       and traumas th                        ildren from thei facilitate and
                                                                                       at                                     r
                                                                      Thank you fro have already happened in th many hurts
                                                                                      m the children                      eir young lives
                                                                      ministry of hea                  ! T                                  .
                                                                                       ling to preciou hank you for helping me in th
Knights of Columbus................................299
                                                                                                        s, special, lovab                      is
Moose.......................................................173                                                           le children. "
                                                                                      Rosemary Far
Eagles.........................................................78                                      rell
                                                                                      El Refugio
                                                                                     Silver City, NM

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                                              Catch Spinoza's Hug !

Woodland Friends Hand Puppets                                                                 "Catch My Hug", Spinoza's Book of Letters
Our hand puppets are a great gift idea for any child. Not                                     This is a heart warming collection of letters from people
only can they be used as puppets, but also stand alone                                        whose lives have been touched by the magic of Spinoza.
plush toys. Sell them at your events, then use the funds                                      Just published in the summer of 2001, this book is filled
you raise to sponsor the full-size Spinoza Bear with his                                      with stories and pictures of the children and families
special messages for children in your community. Or                                           who receive Spinozas, and the impact of the bear
provide the puppets to facilities in your area . . .                                          through the eyes of medical professionals and sponsors
                                                                                              like you. The messages in "Catch My Hug" are not only
   • Head Start Programs, Day Cares, Preschools                                               about how this special teddy bear touches people's lives,
   • School Nurse Offices                                                                     these stories demonstrate the power of people helping
   • Crisis Nurseries                                                                         people. Physical or mental illness, violence, substance
   • Hospital Emergency Rooms - for children with non-                                        abuse, and many other obstacles can interfere with our
     life threatening illnesses and accidents, broken bones,                                  health and happiness. Our compassion is sometimes the
     stitches                                                                                 only thing we have to offer. "Catch My Hug" was
   • Police Officers                                                                          created in honor of the many dedicated people who have
   • Firemen, EMT's, Ambulances                                                               changed people's lives through their caring efforts, and
                                                                                              to all the brave children who inspire us everyday. It is
"buddy bear project" Lapel Pin                                                                sure to have a profound effect on everyone who reads
Use the Spinoza lapel pin to help                                                             these letters of hope and generosity.
raise funds to sponsor children in                                                            Full color, soft cover, 48 pages
your community. You can gift the pin to                             -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
individuals who donate a predetermined amount                                           Organization______________________________________________
                                                                        Address Info:

of money. Or wear them proudly yourselves!
This multicolored, cloisonne pin is 1 1/8 x 1".                                         Name____________________________________________________


10% of the funds for each book sold, and $5.00
for each puppet sold goes to the Friends of                                             Phone(_______)___________________________________________
Spinoza fund to provide Spinoza Bears to kids
in crisis !                                                    Item #                           Description                                 Quantity        Price Each     Ext Price
                                                                4700                    Catch My Hug, Spinoza letters                                        $9.95
                                                                4181                    Lapel Pin                                                            $2.00

       The Spinoza Company                                      4250                    Spinoza Hand Puppet                                                  $15.00
       1876 Minnehaha Avenue West                               4252                    Stymie the Skunk Hand Puppet                                         $15.00
       St. Paul, MN 55104-1029                                  4254                    Poppy Bear Hand Puppet                                               $15.00
                                                                                                              Shipping & Handling                           Subtotal
       1-800-CUB-BEAR                                                                               $00.00 to $20.00..............................$4.00       MN Res.
           (1-800-282-2327)                                                                         $20.01 to $50.00..............................$6.50     Add 6.5% Tax
                                                                                                    $50.01 to $100.00............................$9.00       Shipping &
       Fax (651) 644-7252                                                                           $100.01 to $150.00........................$11.00          Handling
                                                                                                    $150.01 plus.......................................7%     Total
    • Please call for shipping charges outside the continental United States

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                            Congratulations Sponsors!
                                    Below are organizations that have reached the levels designated in the program.
                                                               Service year 2000-2001
                                                                                                     "Bronze Ambassador" cont.
"Ambassador" Level                                  "Bronze Ambassador" Level
Sponsorship of 5 children in a service year         Sponsorship of 10 children in a service year     Other
                                                                                                     VFW Post 7609 - Parma, OH
American Legion                                     American Legion                                  St Elizabeth Ann Seton Yth Min - Kenner, LA
Post 16 - Mansfield, OH                             Post 48 - Oxnard, CA                             Hamilton Cnty Dpt of Hum Svc - Cincinnati, OH
Post 146 - Oceanside, CA                            Post 170 - Rochelle Park, NY                     U of VA Hlth System - Charlottesville, VA
Post 159 - Venice, FL                               Post 81 - Duncanville, TX                        Bill Griffith - Cottageville, WV
Post 341 - Lexington, KY                                                                             Carl Covey - Towanda, PA
                                                    Queens County - Bronx, NY
Post 81 - Leitchfield, KY                                                                            Beatrice Beddor - Excelsior, MN
                                                    KY Dept Hdqrtrs - Leitchfield, KY                Andy Cahill - Leitchfield, KY
Post 409 - Belleville, MI                           Post 3 - Cleveland, OK
Bergen County - Emerson, NJ                                                                          Civic Funding Services - Seattle, WA
                                                    District 12 - Columbus, OH                       Quota Intl of SE TX - Nederland, TX
Post 142 - Waverly, OH
Post 180 - Milwaukie, OR                            American Legion Auxiliary
American Legion Auxiliary                           Unit 141 - Howell, MI                            "Silver Ambassador" Level
Unit 262 - Fontana, CA                              Unit 32 - Wayne, MI                              Sponsorship of 25 children in a service year
Unit 129 - Jacksonville, FL                         Unit 409 - Allen Park, MI
Unit 348 - Cape Canaveral, FL                       Post & Unit of MT - Billings, MT                 Women of the Moose, Chpt 224 - Germantown, OH
Unit 81 - Leitchfield, KY                           Unit 53 - Sanford, FL                            Hospice of Central GA - Macon, GA
Unit 48 - Oxnard, CA                                Dept of NM - Albuquerque, NM                     Horizon Hospice - Elko, NV
Unit 777 - San Bernardino, CA                                                                        Optimist Club of Lincoln South - Lincoln, NE
Unit 111 - Tampa, FL                                Lions                                            U of VA Children's Med Ctr, Kluge Rehab. -
Unit 273 - Treasure Island, FL                      Bloomington Lions - Bloomington, MN              Charlottesville, VA
Unit 31 - Miami, FL                                 Eaton Rapids Lions - Eaton Rapids, MI
                                                    Lansing Delta Lions - Lansing, MI
Unit 347 - Ocklawaha, FL
Unit 309 - Palmetto, FL
                                                                                                     "Gold Ambassador" Level
Unit 176 - Fairfield, IL                            Kiwanis                                          Sponsorship of 50 children in a service year
                                                    Reistertown - Reistertown, MD
Unit 298 - Battle Creek, MI                         Rockcastle County - Mount Vernon, KY
Unit 71 - Escanaba, MI                              Key Club Division 10-S - Lancaster, OH           American Legion Auxiliary
Unit 556 - Chesterfield, MO                         Alpine Club - Rockford, IL                       District 6 - Orlando, FL
Unit 1 - Portland, OR                               Cheviot Westwood - Cleves, OH
Unit 41 - Baker City, OR                                                                             Lions District 2-E2 - Grapevine, TX
Unit 109 - Camp Hill, PA
Unit 449 - New Berlin, WI                                                                            Children's Hosp & Med Ctr - Seattle, WA
Mechanicsville Lions - Mechanicsville, VA
                                                               Our club has sponsored
Richmond Host Lions - Midlothian, VA                                                       30 Spinozas this last ye
Seattle Lady Lions - Seattle, WA                            to Brenden. He is 18 mo                                    ar. The first one went
                                                                                         nths old and has Nethe
Brown Deer Lions - Brown Deer, WI                              One of our latest Spino                             rton's Disease.
District 29-O - Cottageville, WV                                                          zas went to Austin. At
                                                            Austin had been through                                   three years of age,
District 29-G - Lenexa, KS                                                               a lot of medical procedu
                                                            birth complications. Wh                                  res for cerebral palsy
Kiwanis                                                                                 en Spinoza was placed                                 and
                                                           special bond between the                              in Austin's crib, there wa
El Dorado-Stockton - Stockton, CA                                                        m. Austin would become                              sa
Central Orlando - Maitland, FL                             anyone - including his do                                  agitated whenever
                                                                                        ctor - tried to move Sp
Park Ridge Noon - Park Ridge, IL                           "DO NOT MOVE THE BE                                     inoza! His family put up
Jamestown - Buchanan, ND                                                             AR" sign. Other recipie                                   a
                                                          have lost a parent due                                nts have been children
Clinton - Clinton, IA                                                                 to illness, accident or                            who
Hickory Hills - Palos Hills, IL                           are battling their own                               suicide as well as childr
                                                                                    illness or have been ab                             en who
Northshore Mandeville - Mandeville, LA                                                                        used. I love being able
                                                          a sparkle come to their                                                       to see
Rockford - Rockford, IL                                                                eyes when they realize
Key Club, Amundsen High - Chicago, IL                     friend" that can stay an                               they have a new "best
                                                                                       d play with them all the
                                                             This is just the tip of the                          time!
Other                                                                                       iceberg - there are a
SAL Detach of AZ - Phoenix, AZ                           have benefited from ou                                      lot more children that
                                                                                    r club's activities, but
SAL Squad 11-11 - Westminster, CO                        just as much as the ch                              we, as adults, have bene
Children's Clinic - Tucson, AZ                                                     ildren. And since we ha                               fited
                                                         helping the children wit                             ve had so much enjoyme
Ed and Judy Lee - Wildwood, IL                                                     h Spinoza, we are orderi                              nt in
San Buenaventura Womens Club - Ventura, CA                                                                     ng 30 more for this ye
Knights of Columbus - Dartmouth, Canada
                                                                                        Faye Massa
Post 1568 - Towanda, PA                                                                 President
Aux 2562 - Silver Spring, MD                                                            Optimist Club of Lincoln
Aux 280 - Columbia, MO                                                                                           South, NE
Aux 6337 - Licking, MO
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SPINOZA® Sponsor Form

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         YES!       We will sponsor (#)_____child(ren) anywhere in our state.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         YES!       We will sponsor (#)_____child(ren) that we have chosen. We will locate the child.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Please provide the following information if it is known.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Child's first name_________________________________________City__________________________State_____

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         YES!       We will sponsor (#)_____child(ren) from within our area as soon the "buddy bear project" staff identifies a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    child from their list. (Please identify the cities and/or counties that are within your area.)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1)_____________________________ 2)_____________________________ 3)______________________________

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         YES!       We will purchase (#)_____Spinoza Bears for a health care facility to keep and the bear will not go to a specific
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    child. (The cost is $168.00, our regular price. MN residents please add $10.92 for MN state sales tax.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sponsor Information                                                              Ship To: If different from left
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Organization                                                                     Organization

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Address                                                                          Address

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  City                                    State          Zip                       City                                   State          Zip

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Phone #: Day                                                                     Phone #: Day

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Method of Payment                                                                          Check/Money Order (payable to Spinoza's "buddy bear project")
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             American Express (15 digits)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The cost to sponsor a child is $143.00 which covers the cost of a Spinoza Bear             VISA (13 or 16 digits)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  and his complete collection of nine tapes and includes shipping. (MN residents             Mastercard (16 digits)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  please add $9.30 for MN state sales tax.)                                                  Discover

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The cost to provide the same package as above plus The Legend of Spinoza video           Card #________________________________________________________
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  tape is $159.50 (MN residents please add $10.37 for MN state sales tax.)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Exp. Date_____________________________________________________
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The cost to purchase a Spinoza Bear for a health care facility to use, and the bear
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  is not going to a specific child is $168.00, our regular price. (MN residents please     Signature_____________________________________________________
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  add $10.92 for MN state sales tax.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  * All prices are for shipping within the continental US only. For shipping prices        Special Delivery:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  outside the continental US, please call 1-800-282-2327 or 651-644-7251.                           If at all possible, we would like to deliver Spinoza to the child we are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    sponsoring. (If this is comfortable for the child and family, we will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Please send the sponsor form and payment to Spinoza's "buddy bear project",              send Spinoza to you for delivery.) We understand that if, due to the family's
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1876 Minnehaha Avenue West, St. Paul, MN 55104-1029. If you are using a                  request this is not possible, the child we are sponsoring will receive a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  credit card, you may fax the information to 651-644-7252.                                personalized gift card identifying our organization and we will be notified who
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           our little "buddy" is.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  If your club would like to sponsor 20 or more children in a service year,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  please call and ask us about discounts for the Achiever's Program.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  For more information call 1-800-CUB-BEAR                                                                Canadian Orders must be paid with a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          credit card or a Money Order in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            (1-800-282-2327)                                                              US funds.
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                                                                                We would like
                                                                             to thank all of you!
                                                                     You have made a difference in the lives of over
                                                                        20,000 very special children like these:

                                                                                                            "Our son Seth had half of a
                                                                                                            lung removed at birth and
                                                                                                            has had to be on constant O2
                                                                                                            since. He cannot be around
       "For as long as                                                                                      other children right now
                          I can remembe                                                                     because even a simple cold
       child's smile alwa                  r, a
                           ys brought joy                                                                   could put him in the hospital,
      my life. Seein                         to
                       g my own child                                                                       so Spinoza has become his
      smiles on their                    ren with
                         faces meant                                                                        constant companion! He
      everything to m
                          e. Now in my jo                                                                   listens and plays with his new
      dedicated to br                        b, I'm
                         inging smiles to                                                                   friend every day and does
      faces of childre                       the
                         n with developm                                                                    nothing but smile when he's
     disabilities. M                        ental
                      y motivation co                                                                       around. I know Spinoza will
     from working wi                     mes
                        th the Spinoza                                                                      bring years of smiles and
         The Spinoza Bea                  Bear.
                             r is such a                                                                    happiness into Seth's life.
     wonderful gift
                       to a child in ne                                                                     Thank you for allowing our
     a child receives                    ed. As
                        their bear, a sm              "Dear Spinoza,                                        son to experience his first
     always ready to                        ile is
                                                                                    for my bear.
    brings inspirati
                         appear. The be
                                            ar           Thank you so very much                             friend!"
    lead to more sm
                      on to children.
                                          Smiles      I really like him. He is the                               Sincerely,
                                                                                He talks to me
    excited to be ab
                        iles, and I am ve
                                            ry         bear I have ever seen.                                    The Guffeys
                                                                                 sleep. It was
    Spinoza Bear to
                        le to work with
                                           the         when I feel sad or can't
                                                                                 to give him to
    many children
                         ignite the smile
                                            s of       really thoughtful of you
                                                                                   hard days of
    disabilities and
                     with developmen
                                         tal           me. Now when I have my
                                                                                 to walk me
                      other challenges
                                          ."            Chemo, I have someone
                                                                                   , Spinoza."
   Elaine Tillman                                       through it, my new friend
                                                                          Casey Schmehl              "Today's than
                                                                                                                      k you card fr
   MO Dept of Men                                                                                   Hunter's pare                    om
                       tal Health                                         Deltona, FL                                nts reminded
                                                                                                    the reason we                     us all
                                                                                                                       are Kiwanians
                                                                                                   little boy was                      . This
                                                                                                                     admitted to th
                                                                                                  England Medic                         e New
  "Dear Doctor Dan,                                                                                                  al Center floa
                                                                                                  hospital, and                       ting
  Thank you so much for fixing                                                                                     we kindly dona
                                                                                                  Spinoza bear                      ted a
  Spiny and making his voice all                                                                                   to lift his spir
                                                                                                 during his reco                    its
  better. I am so happy he is                                                                                       very. His pare
                                                                                                 wrote, "He love                      nts
  home and well again. I really                                                                                     s this bear .
                                                                                                had a huge sm                      . . he
  really missed him when he was                                                                                   ile when he op
                                                                                                the box. . ."                      ened
  sick. I will give him special hugs                                                                            It is nice to kn
                                                                                               that we bring                     ow
  everyday to let him know how                                                                                   smiles to peop
                                                                                               forget somet                       le who
  much I love him. Thank you."                                                                                 imes that
     Spiny's friend - Brent                                                                                    like Kiwanis ar
                                                                                              here to help.                     e out
                                                                                                               Here's to man
                                                                                              more smiles .                     y
                                                                                                              . ."
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                                             Ronald McDonald House in               her own organization by doing
                                             Washington State. "Spinoza             presentations at various
                                             comforted me and Carressa many         community service organizations
                                             long nights," Betty told me. She       and even the 4H clubs in her area.
                                             told me how she and her                  Through Betty Hill's
        Hats Off to                          daughter would just hold Spinoza       determination and the love for her
     Our Ambassadors!                        and listen to him over and over        daughter, either directly or
              Featuring Betty Hill           all night long. Unfortunately,         indirectly, 57 children are now
    California Federation of Women's Clubs   Carressa lost her battle with          able to experience the
                                             cancer.                                unconditional love, care, and hope
    There are times in our life when           Betty not only had to cope with      that Spinoza Bear brings.
  we get the chance to work with that        the passing of her beloved             THANK YOU BETTY !
  special person that just touches           daughter but also with the fact
  your heart. I have had this pleasure       that she now had cancer as well.
  in working with someone I consider         When Betty initially called me in
  a customer, a contact for an               1999 to promote the project, she
  organization, but even more than           was undergoing radiation
  that, I consider her a dear friend,        treatments and was quite ill from
  although we have never met in              the medicine. I remember Betty
  person. Her name is Betty Hill, and        calling me and apologizing for
  she resides in the city of Hemet in        not promoting the project more
  sunny California. Betty has a very         than she had been. She stated
  touching story, one that has               that she was just too sick from
  triggered many of the California           the radiation to do anything.
  Federated Women's Clubs,                     The radiation did the work it
  individuals and other organizations        was supposed to and Betty was
  to sponsor children in Spinoza's           off and running. Betty had
                                                                                    Ed. note: In the time since this article
  "buddy bear project."                      booked presentations at as many        was submitted, Betty's cancer recurred.
    Betty's love for Spinoza Bear            California Federated Women's           She passed away on Jan. 8, 2002. She
  began when her 14 year-old                 Clubs that she could. She was          will be remembered in our hearts with
  daughter, Carressa, had Spinoza            also making contacts and               love. We will miss you, Betty.
  with her as she battled cancer in the      promoting the project outside of

                                                                   As a Child Life Specialist at Children's Hospital, it is my
                                                                 job to help comfort and support patients through
                                                                 procedures. With the help from Spinoza Bears, this task
                                                                 can be accomplished. Playing the soft musical tapes that
                                                                 come with the bear can provide a relaxed and soothing
                        The Spotlight                            environment that can help them cope and get through
                                                                 whatever they might be dealing with.
                                 with Dana Bird                    I have also had the opportunity to go out into the
                                                                 community and promote Spinoza Bear, and encourage
                                                                 organizations to get involved by sponsoring bears to ill
  As the Spinoza Bear representative at Children's Hospital in   children. The response I have received from my
Omaha, Nebraska, I have had the opportunity to see first-hand    presentations has been overwhelming. After my
how Spinoza Bear has had a positive impact on our patients.      presentations, group members approach me and share with
  At our hospital, Spinoza Bears are given to children who are   me how they feel Spinoza Bear is such a wonderful project
dealing with a serious medical condition. When Spinoza           and it makes them feel good knowing their money is going
Bears are given to these children, it is heart warming to see    to such a worhwhile cause.
their reactions. The response to the bears is always an            I have truly enjoyed acting as Spinoza Bear
immediate smile from ear to ear and giving their bear a big      representative at Children's Hospital and I look forward to
hug. Often times receiving a bear is just what the child needs   continuing to do it in the future.
to help them get through whatever they might be dealing with
at that time with their illness.                                 Dana Bird, Certified Child Life Specialist
                 Spinoza's "buddy bear project"™
                 1876 Minnehaha Avenue West
                 St. Paul, MN 55104-1029

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ACHIEVERS SUCCEED ! Thank you to all of the people involved                                             annually for organizations involved in
                                                                                                        Spinoza's "buddy bear project", a
in the Achiever's Program. They have collectively sponsored over 500                                    project of The Spinoza Company. If
Spinoza Bears in the past service year, for children and facilities in                                  you would like to submit an article or
their communities. If you have any questions about the Achiever's                                       letter, share your ideas with others, or
Program, please contact your state coordinator.                                                         comment on something you may have
                                                                                                        seen in our newsletter, please contact
The Coordinators & their extensions are:                                                                us at Spinoza's "buddy bear project".
                                                                                                              1876 Minnehaha Avenue West
Charlie Rhodes - Ext. 211
AR, GA, KY, MI, MN, MT, NE, NV, NM, NC, OK, OR, SC, TN, TX, WV, WI                                            St. Paul, MN 55104-1029
Darrin Schreiner - Ext. 221                                                                                   Phone:1-800-CUB-BEAR
AL, AZ, CA, CT, FL, HI, IN, KS, LA, ME, MA, NH, NJ, NY, ND, RI, SD, VT                                        (1-800-282-2327)
Glenn Wm. Wymore - Ext. 208                                                                                   Fax:1-651-644-7252
AK, CO, DE, DC, ID, IL, IA, MD, MS, MO, OH, PA, UT, VA, WA, WY                                          E-Mail:
                                                                                                        Web site:
Remember to order your copy of "Catch My Hug"                                                           Editor:
  Spinoza was created as a healing gift of love.                                                        Daniel Schoofs, Vice President
  The "buddy bear project" was created for people to
   extend hope and encouragement to children in                                                         Contributors:
  their communities. Just as Spinoza's stories                                                          Beth LeMasurier, President
                                                                                                        Sarah MacDonald, Administration
  and songs are meant to be shared with
                                                                                                        Charlie Rhodes, Child/Sponsor Coord.
  many people, this little book of letters                                                              Darrin Schreiner, Child/Sponsor Coord.
  is meant to be shared with you.                                                                       Glenn Wymore, Child/Sponsor Coord.

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