2000 event Results - Dec. 1st
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A NOTE TO ALL WHO SERVED & CARED in 2000:
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...
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
campaign...to 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
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,
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 wemakebears4u.com 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
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"....so 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
Becky Clark, PhD, CSW
Los Angeles, CA AMBASSADOR - DAY OF THE CHILD
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.
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
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
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 life.....it
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.
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
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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