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Pastor Mary/Rev. Mary can be heard live on Saturdays at 2pm on WGBB. She can also be seen on 1240amwgbb.com streaming live.
Her program “Women of Substance” involves supporting and providing safety for abused children and mothers. Hugs Across America has provided her with over 600 teddy bears in 2016.
Children living in shelters on LI, including Safe Horizons, Saint John’s Program of help for homeless mothers, Rescue Mission Alliance and other emergency shelter programs have received over 350 teddies in December 2016.
According to a Newsday article on homelessness on LI:
There are about 3,800 Long Islanders who are homeless. Half are children. Most are living in shelters, but as many as 300 are now on the streets, according to estimates from the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless, which does a once-a-year count.
Fifty teddies were sent to Kings County Medical Center Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
“We utilize your donation of teddy bears to help heal the children who suffer from PTSD and trauma. They help the patients to self-sooth instead of hurting themselves or others when they become anxious or depressed. The bears help the patients remain safe and progress in their therapy. “ We can’t thank you enough!
Karen Stewart of Port Washington and family asked their guest at Chanukah to bring teddy bears instead of hostess gifts. What a great idea! All of the bears were tagged and brought to the Port Washington Fire Dept. for distribution.
The Cornell Club of Long Island donates thirty bears to Hugs thanks to the efforts of Susan Guarnaschelli Collins, and the LI alumni. Each year the club has a Christmas Party and each aluni bring a teddy for Hugs. What a great idea...perhaps other alumni clubs might consider this for their future events.
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