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Newtown Children Invited For Free Create-A-Bear Event

George A. Powell American Legion and Auxiliary of Newtown will sponsor a Create a Bear event on Saturday, April 13, from 10 am to 6 pm, in the fellowship hall of Newtown United Methodist Church, 92 Church Hill Road in Sandy Hook.

This is made possible through the efforts of Jeffrey Craddoc (The Bear Man) who owns a Create-A-Bear store. Mr Craddoc, who is a disabled veteran and an American Legion member, opened his store in 2004 and is always looking for ways to make a difference with his bears. He has donated an entire day of sales to a young girl stricken with leukemia and makes special military bears that raise money to benefit the American Legion’s “Heroes to Hometown” program, the VFW and fellow veterans.

The moment Mr Craddoc heard about 12/14 he wanted to do something, so he made phone calls and in return received 450 unstuffed bears from Bears to Go in Westchester, N.Y., 450 T-shirts made possible through Cremosa Foods, Dennis Ingberg of Chai Five productions, and Rethink Your Ink, and the stuffing for the bears from Fairfield Processing in Danbury. The bears are different colors and their T-shirts read “Stuffed with God’s Love.”

Besides creating their own bear other events for the children will also take place and light refreshments will be served. Because of the limited supply of bears, they will be given out on a first-come, first-serve basis. Participants will be asked to show proof of Newtown residency.

There is no charge for this event.

Contact persons are Boyd or Alice Saxton at 203-426-7728 or saxtonb@charter.net.

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