LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Many 11-year olds have worries of their own just getting throughmiddle school, but Faith Killian-Fassnacht has more on her mindthan just schoolwork and sports. A little more than one year ago,Fassnacht started a program called "Bear Hugs to the Troops," alsoknown as "Operation Teddy Bear."
She has already collected and sent more than 2,400 bears tosoldiers in Iraq, Afganistan, and Germany.
Thanks to a donation from Kodak, Faith was also recently able tosend 30 disposable cameras along with her bears. Some soldiers havesent pictures back which really show the impact her program ismaking.
"One of the pictures that we have of the soldiers is giving thechild a bear and he's crying in the picture," Faith said. "Thesepeople don't get a lot of stuff and it makes me feel happy and alsokind of sad that some people cry."
She has also received letters from troops, thanking her for theprogram. For soldiers who have been overseas for a long time,having a touch of home and knowing that people care really means alot.
If you would like to donate to "Bear Hugs to the Troops," dropoff small-to-medium sized new or gently used teddy bears at one ofthese "Bear Drop" locations, or contact Killian-Fassnacht via herwebsite:
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