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Teddy bears offer hugs to children in need

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When a child in Placer County is hurt, frightened or traumatized by an unexpected accident, injury, illness or loss of a loved one, an Assistance League of Greater Placer bear can offer some solace until the crisis passes. Since its inception, more than 8,100 teddy bears have been given to children to offer comfort and reassurance during a traumatic event. Assistance League of Greater Placer’s Philanthropic Program, Sierra Bears, was founded in 1989. The bears are provided to Placer County hospital emergency rooms, the California Highway Patrol, Auburn Fire and Police Departments, the Placer County Sheriff’s Department and Sutter Auburn Faith Children’s Bereavement Program. The league is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that puts caring and commitment into action through community-based philanthropic programs. Last year, the league touched the lives of more than 9,800 children and adults in the area. Funds to support these programs are provided through grants, fundraisers, donations and proceeds from the organization’s Thrift Shop, located at 1263 Grass Valley Highway (in Fiddler Green Plaza) in Auburn. For more information about the organization or to schedule a speaker, visit www.greaterplacer.assistanceleague.org