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October 25, 2001

CSUS collects healing teddy bears

Photo of Teddy BearEven in the toughest times, there's something comforting about a teddy bear. That is why the California State University, Sacramento, University Staff Assembly, working with Associated Students and the City of Sacramento, has launched a campaign to send teddy bears to those who lost family members in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The assembly intends to collect between 6,000-7,000 new teddy bears by Dec. 7 and then have them delivered to family members in time for the holidays.

"Everybody likes a teddy bear," said Thomas Matlock, president of the assembly. He said the bears are another step in the healing process, not only for those directly affected by the attacks, but for everyone.

Collection boxes will be placed around the University as well as in the offices of the Sacramento mayor and city council. Mayor Heather Fargo has agreed to contact the mayors of Washington, D.C., and New York to facilitate the distribution of the collected bears. United Parcel Service has also agreed to provide free shipping. If more bears than needed are collected, the surplus will be added to the holiday toy drive the assembly conducts with the California Highway Patrol each year.

For more information about the campaign, see the assembly's web site-www.csus.edu/usa/teddy.htm-or contact Matlock at (916) 278-6578.

Media: All the bears collected will be placed around the holiday tree in the University Union on Dec. 7 prior to being packed for shipping. For more information, call CSUS public affairs, (916) 278-6156.



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