October 25, 2001
CSUS collects healing teddy bears
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
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,
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