RR. 1 Box 478
Milton, WV 25541
Contact: Frederick H. and Amber D. Kitchen
February 2016 update
Thank you Amber and Arabella Kitchen for delivering over 50 Teddy Bears to the 2nd Grade Class and the Pre-School Class at Springhill Elementary School in Huntington, West Virginia. Both classrooms lost a classmate in a devastating house fire on Saturday, January 9, 2016 where two children age 7, and 4, along with their grandmother perished in the fire. These teddy bears brought comfort to those friends who lost a classmate. “It was so encouraging to hear the stories of the students and how they will forever remember their friend and classmate. It’s up to us to make tomorrow a brighter day for someone, and how we respond to those hurting around us can make all the difference especially in a child’s life.” Please Choose To Support Hugs of Hope!
June 2010 update
Hugs Of Hope Partners With The Barboursville Volunteer Fire Department
Fred and Amber Kitchen, chapter founders of HUGS of HOPE present the first donation of teddy bears to Fire Chief, Paul Hockenberry of the Barboursville Volunteer Frie Department, Barboursville, WV. The Teddy Bears will be given to children involved in Emergency Situations by fire fighters and emergency workers to provide comfort and remove anxiety and fear for the children affected.
Fred, Amber Kitchen and their two daughters Annalise and Arabella are excited to begin the Huntington, West Virginia – Hugs of Hope Chapter of Hugs Across America.
Service is innate for Fred and Amber. Both are pastors children being involved in ministry and service related work most of their lives. Fred is an area businessperson and funeral director and Amber is an elementary education schoolteacher.
We will be collecting (teddy bears) “teddies”, 9″ and 14″ soft cuddly and huggable bears. We are chiefly interested in supplying them to those on the front lines where hurt, grief, trauma and disasters are experienced. You can become involved a couple of ways by donating new 9″-14″ teddy bears or by a tax deductable financial contribution to Hugs of Hope, Huntington, WV. For as little at $5.00 each, we have the ability to purchase teddy bears from a wholesale supplier and then distribute them where needed.
Our focus will be on providing the bears to local police, fire departments, hospitals, child protective services, judges, hospices, funeral homes and families of child abuse, etc.
We will be making contact with local first response organizations that we will choose to work with. We are excited about the prospect of bringing comfort to children in traumatic situations through the hugs of teddy bears and words of personal encouragement.
This is a great opportunity for you, your church, civic group or organization to get involved in changing lives and setting the life-course of children that are being placed in hurtful or grievous situations, due to no fault of their own. Feel free to reach out to my wife or myself, or anyone at the Hugs of Hope, Huntington, West Virginia Chapter.