We need to let people know that good people do exist and that one person will not stop our good will. We care about our children and hope this event will make these children, after witnessing such a horrific event, know that God is watching over them.
White Plains, NY (PRWEB) April 10, 2013
Jeff Craddock, owner of Enchanted Bear and Friends, has embarked on a project to help the children of Newtown, CT after a crazed gunman took the life of 20 innocent school children on December 14, 2012. With the help of the American Legion of the State of Connecticut, Jeff is organizing an event on April 13, 2013 to take place at Newtown Methodist Church in Sandy Hook from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. At this event the children will stuff their own teddy bears with materials that have all been donated by Bears2Go with stuffing donated by Fairfield Processing. The teddy bears will then be dressed in t-shirts donated by Cremosa Foods with a logo printed by Dennis Ingberg of Chai Five Promotions and Rethink Your Ink.
The reasoning behind this event is to help the children know they are loved and that people care. Jeff is quoted as saying, “We need to let people know that good people do exist and that one person will not stop our good will. We care about our children and hope this event will make these children, after witnessing such a horrific event, know that God is watching over them and loves them.”
Jeff is third generation military. His family covered WWII, Korea, Vietnam, small skirmishes and Gulf War 1. When Jeff’s dad came home in 1969 from Vietnam no one greeted him, but he was acknowledged with baby killer remarks. Jeff’s dad had been blown out of a truck and broke his back, a leg and both arms. At the time Jeff was nine and could not help or even understand. Jeff’s tour of duty ended seven years early because of a medical accident. Then America went to Gulf War 2, and he was seeing the carnage coming home, and after seeing the VA and our government at work with both his father and himself, Jeff made a promise that if he was given an opportunity to make a difference he would. In 2004, Jeff opened a create-your-own-bear store. Jeff’s first make a difference arrived in a small package of an eleven-year-old girl who was suffering from leukemia for the second time. Jeff took an entire day of sales in her honor and was able to provide this child with $1000.00. Jeff took none of the money to cover any expenses and it felt right. In 2005, Jeff started making military teddy bears and making donations to VFW, the Heroes to Hometowns, even directly to veterans. The moment Jeff heard about Sandy Hook he knew that this was another moment of making a difference in his life. Jeff made three phone calls the following week and obtained 450 unstuffed bears, 450 t-shirts, and enough fluff to stuff all of those bears.
Jeff worked with the following businesses to create the team that is helping him put on this great event this coming Saturday: Bears 2 Go out of Westchester NY who has supplied all of the bears, Fairfield Processing of Danbury CT who has supplied all of the teddy bear stuffing. Jeff said “I do not do these things for fame or fortune; I do them because they are the right thing to do.”
Bears2Go.com is based out of White Plains, NY and is the nation’s premier provider of machines, plush stuffed animals and un-stuffed animals, outfits and accessories for the stuff your own animal business segment. Bears2Go.com systems can be found nationwide in well-known family entertainment centers, amusement parks and independent locations such as: Great Adventures theme parks, the Bronx and Columbus Zoos, Dollywood and Ripley’s aquariums as well as many other family entertainment centers. Bears2Go.com has been in business for ten years. Bears2Go.com can be contacted via telephone at (516)755-2477 or via email by contacting Janine(at)bears2go(dot)com. They can also receive mail at their address: 405 Tarrytown Road, White Plains, NY 10607.