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Teddy Bear Drive Ongoing

Do you know of an organization or child that could benefit from the comfort of a bear?

Teddy Bear Drive. Credit: Courtesy photo.
Teddy Bear Drive. Credit: Courtesy photo.  Download PDF 
A letter to the editor from Melissa Carboni in support of Samantha Burns and in loving memory of Jill Carboni and Andy Marsh.

Dear Family and Friends,

Since 2006, the Teddy Bear Drive has brought 6,800 stuffed animals into the arms of children. When the drive first began, teddy bears were donated to children who had lost a parent and were participating in The Circle within the Good Grief Program at Boston Medical Center.

With the astounding generosity and unwavering support of extended family and friends, the drive expanded and donations have been made to children in schools, hospitals, churches and shelters throughout New England, New York and New Jersey. 

Last year, over 800 stuffed animals were collected for those affected by the widespread devastation of Hurricane Sandy. An additional, 460 bears were placed on the desks of students impacted by the unfathomable tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. 

The drive originated in loving memory of my sister, Jill who lost her life in a tragic car accident on November 27, 2005. Always striving to make a difference in the lives of others, Jill’s contagious kindness, compassion and love is my inspiration for the drive.

My dear friend, Andy Marsh also exemplified true dedication to selflessly serving his communities. Andy courageously fought Stage 4 melanoma for over two years with remarkable faith and perseverance. He tragically passed on August 4, 2009 and left behind a mission to support his causes.

My former student, Samantha Burns, further epitomizes facing tremendous obstacles with grace, determination and resilience. Samantha has bravely endured the insurmountable challenge of battling leukemia. It is with joy that I announce that Samantha is cancer-free and continuing on the path of recovery and regaining her childhood.

This year, my intention is to continue to reach out to as many children as possible. Please contact me if there is an organization or child who would benefit from the comfort of a bear.

Drop-off locations include:

  • Holliston Antiques, 798 Washington Street, Holliston (alcarboni@comcast.net)
  • 9 Laurelwood Drive, Hopedale (cacslp@comcast.net)
  • 238 Purchase Street, Milford (lindamjohnson2@gmail.com) 
  • Nipmuc Regional High School, 90 Pleasant Street, Upton (steve.dellarovere@gmail.com) 
  • Country Elementary School, 2 Alphabet Lane, Weston (pezzotea@weston.org)
  • Field Elementary School, 99 School Street, Weston (hunnewellb@weston.org)
  • Woodland Elementary School, 10 Alphabet Lane, Weston (garciak@weston.org) 
Thank you for joining me in keeping the legacies of Jill and Andy alive, while supporting Samantha through the completion of her treatment. By carrying on the inspirational efforts of these incredible individuals, we can come together to help make the world brighter for children in need of a smile.

With love and gratitude, 
Melissa Carboni 
carbonim@gmail.com 

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