Build a Bear on December 16 for a Child Who Needs a Hug

Posted on December 9, 2019 By

Do you know a child going through a difficult time who could use a hug – a bear hug?
Scott Vogel, owner of Emergi-Clean, Rahway, has order 2000 bears that local police officers and sponsors will build at Build-a-Bear stores in Menlo Park Mall, 55 Parsonage Road, Edison, or Bridgewater Commons Mall, 400 Commons Way, Bridgewater, on December 16 from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Each location will have a 1000 bears to build. The general public or builders (kids) will be given a heart to put into each bear. This heart is designed to mend a child’s broken heart during a crisis. Sponsors are also encouraging people to buy a piece of clothing for a bear. Each builder will receive a certificate of participation, saying thank you for healing a broken heart.

At 9:00 p.m. staff from 101.5 FM will pick up the bears at each location to donate them NJSPBA (New Jersey State Police Benevolent Assoc.).

Bill Thompson, owner of ServPro, Aberdeen, said, “These bears help children when they are faced with serious problems. For example, if police officers respond to a domestic situation and children are present, the officers give bears to the children to ease their anxiety.”

Vogel said, “I want to say thank you to everyone for their help in this event. As a family-owned business handling tragic events every day, we see the importance to have something to hold on to when you are dealing with a crisis. We’d love to have more officers to support this event.”

To volunteer or to participate, call 908-587-0980 or email office@emergiclean,com.

To date, sponsors for the Feel Better Bears event are Emergi-Clean, Inc.; ServPro AberdeenHolmdel; Carton Content Services, Parsippany; and Collins Building Services, servicing all of New Jersey.