This summer began with a bright and shiny day in June that was just perfect for lots of Manhasset, NY youngsters to enjoy the third annual Teddy Bear Picnic benefit for Hugs Across America. There were huge teddies and a blown up castle bounce, teddy crafts, games, music and dancing, lots of pizza and stuffing teddies for children in crisis situations both locally and around the country. Hugs Across America locally provides teddies to North Shore Hospital Pediatrics, LI Jewish Ronald Mac Donald House, The Gift of Life, as well as to our own police, fire departments and EMT’s. These first responders could not be more thrilled than to have a teddy bear when they come across a child in a traumatic situation.They know that the hugs of a teddy eases the anxiety or fear experienced by a child in a time of crisis.
It is always great to see so many of our youngsters having fun while helping those less fortunate. Thanks to those who joined us and if you missed it this year look for us in early June next year!