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Teddy Bear Drive For Newtown, CT Survivors

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By: Melissa Toupin


A Johnston business is stepping in and helping to collect teddy bears to give to the children of Sandy Hook Elementary.

"We started at 10, but people showed up at 9. We've been here and I mean we're only a couple hours into it and we are probably five, six hundred bears into it already," said Cassandra Capraro, owner of Glistening Goddesses Salon on Killingly St.

Each bear will soon be in the hands of a boy or girl at Sandy Hook, the site of yesterday's tragic shooting, which claimed the lives of 20 students and 6 adults.

"You can't comprehend it. You just can't comprehend something like this," said Melissa Gardner of Pawtucket who dropped a bear off at the salon Saturday.

Rhode Islanders poured into the salon to show their support for the victims, and the survivors.

"I brought it because I felt bad for the kids," said 9 year old Arianna Benoint of Providence. "I want them to know that when you're down you can hold the teddy bear and you'll feel safe."

By lunchtime so many people teddy bears just like this one they actually no longer fit inside the salon and had to be moved onto the sidewalk.

Early tomorrow morning organizer Zenah Valle and her husband will drive the 2 1/2 hours to Newtown, Connecticut. They will drop the bears off at the fire station. The stuffed animals will later be handed out to each of the schools nearly 600 students.

"I don't know what to expect. I know it's going to be very emotional. I keep reminding myself I'm doing it for the kids," said Valle.

"We can't take anything back, but if we can make people happy and give a little comfort to these kids than that's good enough," said Capraro.

If you weren't able to make it out to the drive today, but still want to donate, another teddy bear drop off site has been set up at Elie Jewelers at the Emerald Square Mall in North Attleboro, Mass. They will be collecting throughout the weekend.


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