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2000 event Results - Dec. 1st

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Many THANKS to all of our ambassadors who served in different areas across our great continent! You are truly the heroes of this event.

FLASH!!!.... Over 5000 teddy bears collected so far... more to come....

Here are just some of the results that have come in...

Naugatuck, CT

We had our 1st Day_of_the_Child vigil tonight at the

Town Hall in Naugatuck. It went very well for us, considering the

cold weather is a lot colder than it is where you are. Among other

people who were there at the vigil, this included the Naugatuck

Mayor Joan Taf, who presented us with a proclamation declaring Dec. 1,

2000 as DOTC for the town. We also had a State Rep. Kevin DelGobbo, who

presented us with a proclamation from the CT State Gov. John Rowland

also declaring today DOTC 2000. We also received an Official Citation

from the the CT General Assembly introduced by 3 State Reps. and a

State Sen. in recognition of Joyce and I for our extraordinary efforts

to promote the safety and well-being of CT's children. We had two

newspapers covering the vigil , all their articles to follow. We have

collected 2500 teddy bears to date, any more that we received, we will

start figuring for next year, because people brought them to the vigil,

and there are more still coming in next week. My new e-mail address is

Bob & Joyce Froelick


Day of the Child NEVADA (Las Vegas, Clark County)

Well, I had to wait until this morning to give you the "update" on Nevada's

DOTC Event....too tired last night to move....but it was fantastic......!!!!!

Hurray and Hallelujah....!!!! Our angels were working overtime.....!


We had over 100 people in attendance...!!! 4 EMS Services were represented

with Engines, Rescue Rigs and Ambulances....all of their personnel in full

uniform...! The Vice President of Sunrise Children's Hospital, a Liasion

from the Governor's Office, and the County Commissioners Office, as well as

dozens of groups and agencies throughout our valley were all

there.....listening and lighting candles....!


Our speakers were extremely impressive, Vicki Monroe, JD from the Clark

County DA's Office Crimes Against Women and Children, Dr. Diane Lipscomb,

Pediatric Intensifist, David Osman, RN, President of Nevada Youth Alliance

and Executive Director of the Area Health Education Council, Marion Hancock,

MSW, Manager of the Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect Team, and Dr. Leo

Capobianco, private family practice physician.

With our City, County and State Proclamations for The Day of the Child we

proudly kicked off what will be not only an annual event in Clark County but

State WIDE....! This next year I will be seeking out someone from the

Northern Part of the State to work with us for next December's Vigil.....!


Channel 3 (NBC) was there for nearly the entire service....with some very

awesome footage....I am going to talk with them about getting a copy of all

of the video that they took last night....! The news coverage at 11 was



"Dear Mr. Jesus" was the tear catalyst that it always is....and was played as

the candles were being lit....we then read the names of 75 children who were

killed in Nevada in the last 5 years by child abuse.....!

The rotunda of the State House was filled with booths displaying child abuse

prevention material, Shaken Baby Syndrome brochures and photos as well as the

four National Shaken Baby Alliance Quilts......!!!!! What an awesome



I am attaching some digital photos of our event, however the best of the

pictures were done with the 35 mm camera and won't we ready for a couple of

days...will share those when they are done.

We presented "Certificates of Appreciation" to all of the organizations and

individuals who helped pull the program together with us thanking them for

their support of the Day of the Child Program......!

Next week we will be launching our "Christmas Rememberance Tea" letter raise money for the education programs that we so desperately


Now comes the work....!!!!!!! In the year 2001 The Kierra Harrison

Foundation in conjunction with the year-long celebration of the Day of the

Child will be launching massive educational programs for all levels in Las

Vegas and Clark County. Child Abuse and Shaken Baby prevention, recognition,

prosecution and sentencing along with an additional focus on child care

providers. All of the EMS provider services in the county have been offered

paramedic training sessions and with the help of our two physician speakers

from last night we will begin in a couple of months to do training programs

for pediatric and family practice residents. Childbirth and new parenting

programs will include materials from our training outlines as well as high

school and middle school classrooms. Law enforcement, CPS, and Social

Workers will all be addressed in the training curriculum. We are also

working on introducing a special piece to the Law School and the College of

Criminal Justice.....!

Our next big event that will include The Day of the Child will be in April

for the National Child Abuse Awareness Month activities as well as the

National Shaken Baby Awareness Activities....and of course we will never

forget Victim's Rights Awareness that same month......!

To all of you I say thank-you....!!!! You are a wonderful and caring

group...of people who will one day make "Child Abuse" an archived event in

the history of mankind!


Pamela S. Rowse, R.N.

Grandmother of Kierra Ashlie Danielle Harrison (murdered 3/5/97) -

licensed day care provider


Canada, Ontario Province

Well so far my count is 518 stuffed animals. I heard my drive announced on

the two local radio stations here finally and have two ads running in two

local newspapers. I dropped off the rest of the boxes this morning at the

late comers establishments. Things look really good so far. I have so many

new idea's which I am going to try for next year. Being new to this I wasn't

sure what all to try but I'm going to give it a whirl next year for sure.I

want to add a little something extra with the teddys so I've called upon two

of the local kingsmen clubs for some help. Our Santa Claus parade is

tomorrow and they always hand out candy canes durning the parade and

afterwards they hand out bags of candies at one of the local legions so they

have told me I can have any left over candies, canes etc for my kids. I

always call them that even though I dont know any of them personally! I am

so grateful and excited about all of this. I'm sure its going to be a HUGE

Success. People all over town are talking about my drive for the kids. Our

town only consist of about 9,000 people and I'm so proud of them already.


I can only give you what I have so far because I'm carrying my drive

right through until December 16th. I had some late comers and didn't want to

turn them away.

Yvonne Levely (Ontario, Fergus, Elora, Guelph, Canada)


Mississippi, Gulf Coast area

Two stations chose to play the song "Dear Mr. Jesus" and received (as usual)

a lot of feedback as a result. Quite possibly five people (families) will

get the help they need because of it. At least they were referred to the

proper place if they want it. *fingers crossed*


I have 230 bears enroute to me from Virginia. I have about 210 in my living

room and several (uncounted as of yet) in my office along with hundreds of

coloring books, activity books, crayons and other toys. Most of the toys

will go to the Rhonda Crane emergency Shelter in Pascagoula, MS. Two

churches have made DOTC and the shelter their year long project so that is

overwhelming but wonderful. (Big thanks to God and all the "earth angel"

hearts he has touched here in the Gulf Coast area of Mississippi!)


Special thanks to a couple group of nurses in a local city that decided to

give up their gifts to each other and donate it to helping abused children

instead. One of the nurses, Sadie Parker, and I will be shopping for the

kids next Wednsday. Sadie also donated a Christmas tree to the shelter.


All of our fairs went well and many people were given facts about child

abuse and where to get help no matter if you are victim or perp. I truly

believe that education is the key. On that note I am booked at several

churches to continue the education process using the play that I wrote last



Due to family emergencies I was unable to do as much as last year but I make

no apologies because the God I worship turns small acts into majors events.

Only He can know who was really reached and how many hurting children will

be helped. Most of all I pray that uncountable children have been prevented

from being hurt in the first place. My goal is the same as Richards: to work

ourselves out of an event!


Congratulations to all the ambassadors as well as to the people that made

our effort easier and more productive. Most of all I praise a compassionate

God who has once again smiled down on Day of the Child.

Love to you all!

For the Children,




Sayreville, NJ

This is my second year with Day of the Child. Since I am a student with tons of

work to do, I decided to concentrate on Operation Bear-Hug in my area and I am
EXTREMELY HAPPY to report it was

a HUGE SUCCESS! I wrote letters to the local schools and girl scout troops

explaining Day of the Child and Operation Bear-Hug at first I did not get any

response at all but in the last few weeks things have really started going

and I have had people ask if we can extend the collection past Dec. 1st so I

have extended it until right before Christmas. I would like to Thank the

following schools and organizations for participating this year:


~ Truman School whose Principal Linda Coffey

and counselor Robin Marks managed to not only get us donations from the

children in the elementary school but also 200 teddy bears donated from RUSS

and an article in yesterdays paper!!!!


~ Sayreville Middle School with a special thanks to teacher Joe Malara

~ Wilson School with a special thanks to Mrs. Bowman and Mrs. McCormick

~ The Sayreville Girl Scout Service Unit

~ John J. Matyjewicz

~ Susan Weaver

~ and for their extremely generous donation!


The total bear count for Operation Bear-Hug as of December 1st 2000 is 1500

teddy bears!!!! This number however does not included a number of bears still

at the schools that need to be picked up as well as many that I know will

come in before Christmas! So I am very HAPPY to report that although it was

last minute there was much interest in Sayreville for helping hurting

children and Next year there will definately be a LARGE event...people are

already asking about it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I will send an update in to be posted when the collection is completed! I can

not wait to see what that total is and how many children will have bears to

hug!!!! Thank You Everyone!!!!!

Jennifer Danchisko, Day of the Child NJ Ambassador


Phoenix, AZ

This is Pam Austin, Mother of Lindsey Pitsch, just to keep you informed on what is going on here in Phx., my spare bedroom is full of Bears, haven't counted them yet, but there is plenty, also a very concerned Lady from our Scottsdale area has brought over her collection of Beanie Babies (over a 100 of them) she said that they were just collecting dust and had read my e-mails and wanted the Children to have them, the Mayor of our town also has signed a Proclamation for Dec. 1st, they sent it to Lindsey and Mayor Skip Rinza enclosed it in a beautiful Blue Cover, she was really excited about it, we will be getting in touch with the different Abuse Centers and Hospital here and what is left over we will donate to the shelters here with Children that have no homes, and there are plenty of homeless Children here.

Can't wait to get started for next year, going to get started early because it keeps you busy, its like having a second job, but its worth every minute of it.

We miss our Baby Boy, but I'm sure he is smiling down on everyone with pride, he would have been 2 on Dec. 18th so send him a Birthday prayer.

Thank You everyone for all of your Good Work for these Beautiful Children.

My Love to all of You,

Pam in Phoenix, AZ


Alabama: Baldwin County, So. AL

We collected 100 Teddy Bears and will be taking them to the Child Advocacy

Center in Mobile, Alabama. This past Sunday, a third grader named Amanda

Cole sang "Dear Mr. Jesus" in Church and Meghan Buchanan read "To My Child."

We had a bulletin insert in Sunday's bulletin with a Teddy Bear drawn by Ian

Hants and a mint green ribbon pinned to it for everyone to wear on Dec. 1.

We also put articles in both newsletters . . . during the month of November.

This newsletter and bulletin insert went to appx. 1000 people. This is our

first year . . . plan to expand each year. Teresa in Alabama.

Teresa C. Seevers, Alabama



LOS ANGELES, CA (Fashion Sqare Mall booth)

Becky, who will be one of our 2001 ambassadors, only became one of our ambassadors just one week before the event and was somehow still able to accomplish the following:

Click to read a December 7, 2000 L.A. Times article

I talked to a good 200 people today and passed out an

approximately 300 ribbons (half of the 600 I carried with me). Collected

four bears but made a lot of good contacts with people who are interested in

helping next year and that was really the big wish as well as getting the

word out to ppl about HOPE for abused children and reducing/wiping out child

abuse all together! After you left, there were a few girls under 12 who

stopped by to talk about having a friend or cousin who they knew was

"abused". We talked about what they could do and generally, listened to them

express their own sadness about things but feeling hopeful that their

friend/relative would find hope for a better life. I gave them referrals and

phone numbers along with DOTC website. Generally people were very

receptive although there were a few who were downright hostile or resistant

to hearing anything or admitting that such a horrendous thing exists in this

world today. My psych radar was spinning a lot with those folks but I didnt

push it. Many folks were grateful for

the information (the DOTC press release and statistics) and stated they would

visit the website and sign the WALL. :) I particularly found some of the

older guys taken with some of those bears! They kept smiling and coming back

to look at them and even touch them! Cute.


All in all, it was a great day! Talked to 200 folks (men, women, children)

and passed out approximately 300 flyers of the Stats and the flyers each

(including 300 ribbons). Collected four bears. The LA TIMES sent a

photographer this morning and took a lot of pictures. Will interview

Allison Cohen, reporter for LA TIMES on Monday afternoon via IM (computer) at 3:30 pm

in which I will harp up next year's big fun. By the way, there was one lady

who invited me to a "party" Wednesday of a large group of volunteers around

LA who assist organizations like DOTC with their mission. She asked that I

bring the flyers, ribbons and couple bears and talk about our purpose. Said

they may also donate some bears, so like YOGI BERRA once said, IT AINT

OVER, TIL IT'S OVER!!!! I am expecting a phone call from this lady later this

wkend or Monday to finalize details. Peggy Reyna of LACAAW sent me an

email that stated, " Hi Becky, Great Job! Especially for such short notice. I

forwarded the information to ch 9 and 13 contacts that I have and to several other

agencies. Want to be in on the planning committee for next year. Good

Luck-my niece, Brandi Ann works at Bloomingdales in the Chanel area.

Peggie" we can count on her help next year, too. As for KKBT running

PSA today in LA, I havent "heard" ha but I will follow up with Shaye who was

trying to get something done there given the short notice. She, too, stated

that she wants to be on the planning committee for DOTC 2001. She has a lot

of contacts in the music and radio industries. Yes! So you see, I've made

some important contacts and look forward to working with these ppl on next

year's campaign. I got the names and addresses of some of the ppl who I

spoke with today at the MALL that are interested in helping next year as


I really enjoyed myself today and look forward to working with you and others

for the next year!

If I am rambling now, it's because I didnt get home from KINKOS this morning

til five a.m. and then out of bed at seven! I was operating on pure passion and

adrelinin! :)

Becky Clark, PhD, CSW




New York: Levittown, Garden City

I am sure you remember, I did "An Evening of Giving" last year, and

again this year. The outcome was awesome. I never saw so many people

shopping under one roof, even at X-mas time. People did their shopping, went

out to their cars, came in again and did some more.


I took a table by a door. I happen to get a door that was not a main

one. Well, because of the amount of people and the shopping they were doing,

I was able to send to P.A.R.E.N.T. International over $400.00 dollars.


I hope all the others have a great success also. One thing I want

everyone to remember is that is u help but one child, that u have

accomplished a great deal.

Friends forever,






Tampa, Florida

I got 14 bears, and donated them to a Joshua house here in my area. The

"GTE house." I personally delivered them, and I even read a story to one of

the children. It was really nice.


Also, my co-workers wanted to adopt a family for Christmas, and after alot

of pushing, I managed to get them to sponsor the Joshua house (the same one)

instead of a "normal" family.


The long and the short of it is, there are ten children whose Christmasses

may be happy, and whose lives will hopefully never again be as bad as they

once were.


Thank you all for working so hard in all accross the country! I wish I

could have done more, and I am glad that I was able to do anything. Some of

you have blown me away with your dedication to our cause. I really

appreciate each of your efforts.

Angel, Tampa FL



NorthWest Florida

I passed out over 600 ribbons (special thanks to Cost Cutters in Walmart for

giving them out -- and special thanks to Joann Fabrics for being the only

store in town with mint green ribbon!)


I collected 7 teddy bears (donated by Angela Linke and family) and 1 beanie

baby (thanks to the Gift Garden).


The "Radio People" at the five radio stations played the PSA this morning,

twice. A very special thanks to them for their efforts to help me get

everything I needed for the vigil, even though I wasn't able to have one.


Another thanks to the Department of Recreation for allowing me to use Liza

Jackson Park East Pavilion (although I didn't use it in the end).


Also, Florida Representative Jerry Melvin was very interested in the issues I

brought forth to him, and I feel that we may see some good things come from

him in the near future! He is an advcate for

children and is currently working on revamping the child support system,

which in his own words "just isn't working." I may be offering assistance to

Mr. Melvin regarding child welfare in the future!


The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Department in Shalimar, FL was more than happy

to receive the teddy bears!


I may not have been able to reach the public at large, but I did speak to

many people in high places about child abuse, so the word is getting out, and

I am hoping to see improvements soon!

Wendi Sturgeon (NW FL)



In my hometown of Middle River, Maryland, I saw a very small, poor to

moderate income community, come forth and donate teddy bears when they

probably couldn't afford to do so which made it more touching. I gave out

flyers and preventive child abuse information supplied to me by Prevent

Child Abuse, Maryland. Additionally, I held a 50/50 raffle and collected

donations (although not a substantial sum) for that non-profit organization

whose work in the area of preventing child abuse is invaluable. WPOC Radio

Station came through with an autographed celebrity photo, CD and Garth

Brooks' book. Blockbuster Video donated a few DVD's for the raffle, and I

donated a couple of my own. Also, one of the Girl Scout Troops from another

county (Harford County) assisted me by pulling together and each Girl Scout

from that troop donated the most precious bears I have ever seen. The

Office Manager where I work and another close friend/neighbor went overboard

by personally purchasing a good number of the finest bears. My co-workers

continue to drop off bears (still awaiting a total) at my desk day by day.

In addition to my

efforts here, I also had 2 very young children, sister and brother, ages 5

and 7, suffering from child abuse/neglect touch my lives and reach out to me

in their own way. I have adopted them into my heart and they are so

special. As I write this, the Department of Social Services is actively

investigating the problem. I have never experienced this in my

is a feeling that I can never describe in words. And, with these two

youngsters in mind, I will be back as many years as I can and always looking

with my eyes and heart for any child that needs help, and love....that they,

too, one day, will sign TheWall, as survivors.....I AM SOARING!

I, definitely, will be back!!! God bless.

Cheryl, Maryland




I put my energy into awareness. Local stores participated by employees wearing green ribbons and giving flyers to customers. We had mint green ribbons handed out in three different cities, and Autoliv, Walmart, on college was all involved in the green ribbon campaign. All local radio stations and TV networks were involved with PSA annnouncements and playing the song, "Dear Mr. Jesus".

Our Davis County attorney and deputies wore green ribbons, and it was great because many were serving in Juvenile court that day.

I feel really good about the day, and what was accomplished it was great to drive around and see people with their headlights on (because of the media announcements) and with various green ribbons of their own making on antennas.

next year .......lookout.

Gail Peterson, UT ambassador


Central IL

We had a vigil/awareness night here (Decatur, IL) on Nov. 30/ 5:30 p.m. - we

did the vigil a day early to encourage the best turnout from both the campus

community (I'm a college student) and the community at large. Approximately

40 people attended - about 25% students.


I organized a community-wide poster contest through the elementary schools

as a step toward community involvement and community awareness of

DOTC...received 120 entries from 3 schools (there are 14 elementary schools

here) and awarded nine prizes - 3 places in each of 3 age groups: 1/2 grade,

3/4 grade, and 5/6 grade. Our state's attorney elect, Scott Reuter, gave a

brief statement and awarded prizes.


I am excited and my spirit lifted that two community members want to help in

big ways next year! One, who has contcts w/ the media,has already gotten

folks who want to give us major media coverage next year! I also hope to

get the radio simulcast and Op. Bear Hug up and going next year. :)

Prayers and blessings to you,

Sara Fornoff, IL



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