Hundreds of Teddy Bears Donated to At-Risk Children

AMERICAN FORK, Utah (ABC4 Utah) - Tis' the season to give and students at the American Heritage School in American Fork are a great example of that. 
 
For weeks students have been bringing Teddy Bears to put under their school Christmas Tree. Now,  all the bears will be delivered for the kids at the  Ogden Rescue Mission just in time for Christmas. 
 
"So I got a camo bear. I just hope it makes them feel like they have a friend and they are not alone," said 5th grader Logan Brown. 
 
" I hope it makes him or her feel really happy." said 3rd grader Haley Dye. 
 
Hearts full of compassion from students K-7th grade who took up a side job that would allow them to buy a teddy bear for a child in need at the Ogden Rescue Mission. 
 
"I shoveled my entire driveway which is like freaking massive. It boggles  the mind how massive my driveway is and I cleaned my room which often times gets messy," said Brown. 
 
This is the 20th year The American Heritage School has carried out this service project because it benefits both those giving and receiving. 
 
"It blesses the children at the Ogden Rescue mission each child who comes into the clinic there receives a warm soft teddy bear and we also do it to bless our children. They have the opportunity to give and to share," said Laurie Updike who is not only a 7th grade teacher but the founder of the service project. 
 
However, before they give those bears the students participate in what they call the Teddy Bear Brigade, where each kid gives a hug to the bears so that each one is handed off to their new owner with love. 
 
"I'm gonna give them like one big hug," said Brown. 
 
About 600 bears are being delivered Thursday to the Ogden Rescue Mission  around 6 p.m. 

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