Empowerment Program At Work

June 2013
As part of their Spirit Week activities, the students at Westbury Friends School were excited to bring joy and tender loving care to the following organizations by delivering gifts of cuddly teddy bears:
Good Beginnings for Babies - helping young single moms and their newborns. 
John Thiessen Children's Foundation - donating toys and therapeutic and recreational equipment to sick and underprivileged children.
Veterans Family Bereavement Department of the Veterans Administration Hospitalhelping our veterans.

WFS - Martin Luther King Peace Project January 18, 2013

Bear Givers, once again, played a very important role at WFS. In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Day, 100 bears made their way to the Bronx in honor of Dr. King and the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary. Children shared  with others whom they determined needed some Tender Loving Bear Care. The children turned in 35 conflict based toys as a result of their “Peace Offerings Initative” project (read attached letter) and one child offered his own thought..."Peace begins with a smile." 

Westbury Friends School in VADecember 2012 - For the holiday season, students of Westbury Friends School brought joy and good cheer to the children of Sandlick Elementary in Haysi, Virginia, along the Appalachian Trail, by sending them 100 teddy bears. This school serves children whose families are below the poverty level and has been the recipient of many of the good works of WFS this year.

Westbury Neighborhood House The Fifth graders of WFS conducted a Christmas toy drive, delivering 100 teddy bears and other toys, to benefit the Westbury Neighborhood House.   

Students of the Westbury Friends School in Westbury, LI brought comfort and joy to pediatric patients at various hospitals through Bear Givers' Empowerment Program.

Bear Givers reaches out to JJ DOSSEN HOSPITAL in LIBERIA, AFRICA through Westbury Friends Empowerment Program.


Westbury Friends School Reaches Out to Hospital in Africa
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“The feeling the children get when they take that physical bear and that card they created to someone else is very empowering.” -Joseph Sprung, Founder and CEO, Bear Givers
“Children can also be ‘benefactors.’ The program teaches children that when they do an act of kindness, they receive something in return. When children give away a teddy bear, they receive a teddy bear to take home. The principle seems quite simple, but the result is truly amazing. Children at SLCD identified charitable organizations in other states and countries. They wrote letters to the children in these other programs and sent teddy bears to ‘make other children feel better.’ Despite severe developmental disabilities, each child had something to say about giving a gift. ‘I sent my teddy bear to a little boy in Mexico. He doesn’t have parents. I have a mommy and a daddy. He must be very sad.’ Children’s insights are precious. Letters were then received from the children who received the teddy bears.”
-Long Island Press
“Children from the school who give one of these bears away also get to keep one for themselves. It is a great way for students to feel good about making a difference in someone’s life.”
“This is a unique opportunity, where the clients who are often the recipients of goodwill, are now empowered to enhance the lives of others.” -Derek Saker, Director of Communications, OHEL
“I was proud to make someone happy. It made me feel good inside to help someone else.” -Taylor, Student, South Florida Jewish Academy