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BURDEN BEARS

Monday, December 19, 2011

MY NURSING ALUMNAE MAKES UP THESE LITTLE BEARS AND THEN THEY ARE GIVEN TO THE HOSPITAL WITH THE CANCER PATIENTS AND WHEN THE AUXILLARY GOES ON THEIR ROUNDS THEY ASK IF THEY HAVE ANYONE WHO HAS JUST BEEN GIVEN SOME BAD NEWS AND WHO THE STAFF FEELS MIGHT LIKE ONE OF THE LITTLE BEARS. THEN THE AXILLARY GIVES THE BEAR TO THE PATIENT. WE PICK UP THE BEARS AT YARD SALE OR FLEA MARKETS, OR DONATIONS. THE BEARS ARE THEN SANITIZED GIVEN THEIR BLANKET AND POEM, PLACED INA GIFT BAG WITH TISSUE WRAP AND ARE ON THEIR WAY TO FINDING A NEW HOME.

THESE ARE MY LITTLE BEAR ALONG WITH ANOTHER AS WELL AS A BUNCH OF THE 3 1/2 INCH QUILTS THAT I HAVE MADE. IN TOTAL I MADE 102 QUILTS SO THAT WILL GIVE THEM SOME TO GET STARTED WITH AGAIN.


THE PICTURE OF THE POEM DOESN'T WANT TO WORK SO WILL WRITE IT OUT.


BURDEN BEAR

I' M REALLY NOT A FANCY BEAR -
I'M PLAIN AND RATHER SMALL.
EVEN SO, SOMEONE WHOLIKES YOU
SAID THAT I SHOULD COME TO CALL

SET ME ON YOUR PILLOW
OR ON A NEARBY SHELF,
AND WHEN YOU FEEL DISCOURAGED
I WILL DO MY BEST TO HELP.

I BROUGHT MY FAVORITE BLANKET
THAT I SNUGGLE WHEN I 'M SAD.
IT'S A PRESENT FROM THE GRANNY,
MADE FOR DAYS WHEN THINGS SEEM BAD.

WHEN I DON'T SEE THE PATTERN -
AND HE SEEMS SO FAR AWAY.
THEN I CLUTCH MY FAVORITE BLANKET
AND I PRAY- AND PRAY - AND PRAY.

I DON'T HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS
(FOR I'M JUST A BURDEN BEAR).
BUT I'VE BEEN SENT HERE ON A MISSON
BY FOLKS THAT REALLY CARE.
SO WHEN YOU SEE ME PLEASE REMEMBER
YOU ARE IN THEIR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS.



I HOPE THIS GIVES YOU AN IDEA AS TO WHAT I HAVE BEEN DOING FOR THE LAST TEN DAYS. IF ANYONE WANTS TO BORROW THE IDEA I AM QUITE SURE THE GIRLS WOULD BE THRILLED.
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  • WETMAC
    OMA, THIS IS SO FANTASTIC. IT IS A GREAT THING YOU ARE ALL DOING AND IT CANNOT HELP BUT BRING A RAY OF SUNSHINE INTO THE LIVES OF THOSE WHO RECEIVE THESE GIFTS. ABSOLUTELY AWESOME.

    MAC
    3473 days ago
  • AZHURE_SUNSOAR
    It's an awesome Idea. I think I will 'steal' it but it's too late this year to really make an impact but next year I will get LOTS of people on board! :)
    3474 days ago
  • LHOHLER
    Oma,
    What a great idea and the poem is wonderful and mentions the quilts to tie it all in.. .what a heartwarming gift. And your colorful little quilts looks great! Lynn
    3474 days ago
  • SHERRY666
    OH OMA THEY ARE JUST SO CUTE.......I'M SURE ANYONE IN THE HOSPITAL OR ANYWHERE WOULD BE SO HAPPY TO GET ONE OF THESE BEARS.. THE LITTLE QUILTS GO SO NICELY TOGETHER WITH THE BEARS....... THE POEM WOULD BRING TEARS TO ANYONE'S EYES....... I LOVE THEM...... WHAT A WONDERFUL THING TO BE DOING FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE ALONE IN THE HOSPITAL AT CHRISTMAS TIME..... I THINK THIS IS JUST SUCH A SUPER IDEA.... YOU ARE A GREAT LADY AND FRIEND... THANK YOU FOR SHARING THIS WITH US.
    3474 days ago
  • JAMIEJILL2
    wonderful!
    3474 days ago
  • EUPHRATES
    Oh how cool. :)
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    3474 days ago
  • NIMAWEYGH
    Oh Oma this is just so wonderful. The poem brought tears to my eyes for I have a Koala bear that I have had since I was a little girl, I gave it to my nephew when he was 7 so he could take Darbear to the hosp with him. A friend made him a small scrub outfit and they sanitized him and he went right into surgery with Connar. I am forever virtual sending him to a friend in need until they find the comfort they need and return him to me so this touches my heart.

    You are so wonderful to do this and I applaud you and all that do. God Bless you all and to all those that your Burden Bears touch and heal.
    3475 days ago
  • SUGARSMOM2
    what a good idea . thank you for the idea ..
    3475 days ago
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