Spinoza 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 Individuals...............................................724 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 Elks............................................................64 Other.........................................................275 Spinoza's "buddy bear project"™ 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____________________________________________________ Address__________________________________________________ City_________________________State________Zip_____________ 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 Payment Information: r Check Card #_________________________________ Exp Date________ Credit Card : r Visa r Mastercard Signature______________________________________________ r Discover r Am Ex Spinoza's "buddy bear project"™ 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 Lions 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 ar! Knights of Columbus - Dartmouth, Canada Faye Massa VFW Post 1568 - Towanda, PA President Aux 2562 - Silver Spring, MD Optimist Club of Lincoln Aux 280 - Columbia, MO South, NE Aux 6337 - Licking, MO Spinoza's "buddy bear project"™ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - PLEASE CUT ALONG DOTTED LINE- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 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_____ Age_____Diagnosis________________________________Hospital_______________________________________ 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 Leader/Title Leader/Title Address Address City State Zip City State Zip ( ) ( ) Phone #: Day Phone #: Day ( ) ( ) Night Night 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. Spinoza's "buddy bear project"™ 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!" sweetest 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 organizations Spiny's friend - Brent like Kiwanis ar here to help. e out Here's to man more smiles . y . ." Spinoza's "buddy bear project"™ 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 Send To: .............................................. FYI ........................ ... Spinoza Speaks... is published 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: email@example.com Web site: www.spinozabear.com 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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