Schneider Children’s Hospital
Jeanine Pirro Helps Distribute Teddy Bears
Sponsored by Custom Muffler Centers

July 2006 - During its first visit to Schneider Children’s Hospital, Bears 4 Kids presented more than 80 bears to children suffering with cancer and other blood-related illnesses. The presentation, sponsored by Custom Muffler Centers, also featured inspiring words by Jeanine Pirro, Republican candidate for New York’s Attorney General.

“It was a thrill to meet the children and see their faces light up when they got the Bears 4 Kids bear,” said Jeanine Pirro. “Battling a life-threatening disease is hard enough. Anything we can do to help brighten their hospital stay is worth doing. I commend Bears 4 Kids and the Schneider Children’s Hospital for their work to heal these very special children.”

“We admire Jeanine Pirro for her career-long commitment to children,” said Bears 4 Kids Founder and President, Joseph B. Sprung. “We want to thank her for taking time out of her busy schedule to assist us in showing support for an outstanding hospital and being able to put smiles on the faces of sick children. I also want to thank my good friends Michael Christie and Andrea Sorrentino for sponsoring this event.”

“This makes the kids smile at a time that can be scary and traumatic,” said Rachel Kemble, Child Life Specialist at Schneider Children’s Hospital. “Teddy bears are a great comfort item when children are afraid.”

Custom Muffler Centers was the generous corporate sponsor of Bears 4 Kids’ visit to Schneider Children’s Hospital. “Joseph Sprung has been my good friend for more than 20 years. He’s one of the most charitable people I know,” said Michael Christie, President of Custom Muffler Centers. “We’ve been dealt a good hand in life. There’s nothing better than to give back to children.”

“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
“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.”
-Newsday
“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
“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
“I was proud to make someone happy. It made me feel good inside to help someone else.” -Taylor, Student, South Florida Jewish Academy