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Classic City Kiwanis Donates Teddy Bears For Kids

Thanks to the effort of member Jeb Bradberry, the Classic City Kiwanis Club was able to donate many new cuddly teddy bears, in all sizes, to the Athens Clarke County Fire Department's special program.

Local firemen keep these new teddy bears on hand to give to heartbroken children after a fire may destroy part or all of the home they love, and personal items within. The stuffed animals are also given to children in other stressful situations such as at auto accidents, domestic violence situations, child abuse, etc.

Captain Tim Smith received these donated bears at a Wednesday morning breakfast meeting in the Spring of 2006, thanks in part to member Jeb Bradberry who arranged a special price through his wife's store, "The Elephant Truck" in Athens. Classic City Kiwanis was allowed a special discount to purchase a great deal more teddy bears than normal with the funds raised specifically for this project.

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time (Kiwanis defining statement, adopted October, 2004). With more than 13,000 Clubs in 79 Countries and over 600,000 Members, their mission is "serving the children of the world" through fund raisers and volunteered time.

Pictured L-R: Ed Kerr, President; Captain Tim Smith; and Jeb Bradberry - with Teddy Bears of all sizes