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Bears for Buddies cheer pediatric patients
Program provides hugs and love for sick kids
 
Published Thursday, October 24, 2013
by Staff Reports

Celebrity Charity Wishes announced “Hi, Buddy!” – its four-week awareness and fundraising effort to take place Oct. 18 – Nov. 18. The campaign seeks to secure teddy bears for local pediatric patients and increase awareness of pediatric terminal illnesses.

Community members can go online to celebritycharitywishes.org to sponsor a bear ($10) in honor or in memory of a loved one. The teddy bears will hand delivered to patients at Levine Children’s Hospital and Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte during a special event on Dec. 6. It will be a day full of fun, food and entertainment. Multiple Grammy-award winner Michelle Williams (formerly with Destiny’s Child) will spend the day visiting the children as a celebrity chef prepares a healthy meal. There will also be a mini-concert.

As part of the Bears for Buddies campaign, which is in its third year, Hi, Buddy! Seeks to provide young patients with courage in a scary place, a smile to replace the tears, hugs to make it all better, and the strength to get through it all. This year’s campaign has a goal of 600 bears. All donations are tax-deductible.

“Regardless of whether you’ve been impacted by childhood illness, this is an opportunity to give love, hope and comfort… and endless hugs… to another family,” said Lenora Bobo, co-founder, Celebrity Charity Wishes.

Visit www.celebritycharitywishes.org for full details, a list of drop locations, to make a donation or for information on other opportunities to get involved.

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