The Amazing Terry Bear Parade

What a wonderful parade it would make if we could line up all of the
teddy bears in existence. Starting at the head of the line, I sincerely
doubt you would be able to walk to the end in one day. There are so many
teddy bears out there they could have a species of their own, (if they
were alive, that is).It is hard to believe that teddy bears have been a
best friend, confidant, protector, and constant companion to children
from age the of 1 day till death. How hard is it for many of us to look
at a cute, cuddly teddy bear and resist the urge to take him home with
us. The teddy bear started as a simple, jointed bear stuffed with
excelsior, to the wonderful, unique teddy bears we see today.

Teddy Bear Artists have admitted they have spent hours working on the
face of each bear they make. While the bears may be made of the same
pattern and materials, the face of each bear has a personality of it's
own. Each artist has his or her own style when it comes to making
teddies. Many times you can see the personality traits of the artist in
the teddy bears they make.

Soft toy manufacturers have their own style when it comes to the teddy
bears they make. For instance, GUND, the top soft toy company in the
U.S., has a patented under-stuffing method that makes many of their
teddy's, the softest on the market. You will find many diverse and
interesting styles when you visit the factories or internet sites of the
main teddy bear manufacturers.

Teddy bear collectors love to show off their wonderful bears. You will
find many sites on the internet, belonging to collectors of teddy bears.
One family in particular, have such a large collection, they have teddy
bears in every room. Some of the rooms in their home are dedicated to
bears only.

Teddy bears have been proven to be a wonderful way to lessen the fear and
pain of sick, hurt, lonely, and frightened children. Hospitals give teddy
bears to those in need. Children make up the biggest group of teddy bear
recipients, but adults at many hospitals are given teddy bears to hug
while recovering from open heart surgery. It is important for a person
who has undergone open heart surgery to cough so their lungs remain
clear. The teddy bear is held close to the patients chest to lessen the
pain and prevent the wound from reopening with the action.

The Vermont Teddy Bear Factory has a program called BIG HERO, LITTLE
HERO. Money is raised through a unique campaign and private donations.
Every time a specially made bear for this program is purchased, VTBF will
give 2 of the same type of bear to police, emergency service workers, and
firemen for distribution to children who are sick, injured, or victims of
domestic violence. The special bears are also given to lonely seniors.

One thing we know for sure, the teddy bear   is a very popular toy. If you
doubt it, look at the number of bears sold   each year. Teddy bears have
survived the test of time. Other toys have   come and gone but the teddy
bear lives on in the hearts of those of us   who need a bit of reassurance
or a soft, warm, hug.

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