The first phase of our involvement in the Operation Hope Teddy Project has come to a close with our teddies heading off to Iraq to cheer up some children in desperate need of a bit of joy. I dropped off the Teddy Bears Without Borders contingent to Leanne Rogers last week and they will be added to the collection that the Operation Hope team has been putting together to take with them that includes warm hats and jumpers.
“Meet some fabulous little friends made by Teddies Without Borders knitters in Brisbane. These cute friends are heading to Iraq with me to give to kids coming through the AdventistHelp emergency medical Unit in a refugee camp just outside of Mosul. ISIS banned all dolls and toys so these teddies will find friends very quickly. Thanks Erica for organising this project.”
We ended up with about 90 teddies in this shipment and thank you to Renee Bratby, Belinda Young, Elizabeth McLeod, Pat Rudd and L. Grey who contributed teddies.
Thank you also to Erica Henley who originally reached out to Teddy Bears Without Borders to see if we would like to be involved.
“Thank you so much to the wonderful knitters of the teddies that are going to Iraq next week. They will be gifted to children that come as patients to a new field hospital 25kms east of Mosul. For some of these children, it will be their only furry friend. 6 Aussies have the privilege as volunteers at the hospital to hand out these gorgeous teddies. You have created a brighter future for these displaced children. Thank you.”
Erica and Leanne and all your team, THANK YOU for making a positive difference for refugee and asylum seeker children and those affected by war.
If you would like to contribute to this project there is still time! Check out the project page for patterns and please note that all teddies will now need to be posted/dropped to:
Operation Hope Teddy Project
47 Coal Point Road
Coal Point NSW 2283
and all teddies must be received by May 19th, 2017.
If you are interested in crafting teddies but this project doesn’t fit your timeframe, check out our StandBy Teddy Project, which is ongoing.