Den News

Disorderly Bear Den
Cuddly Bear Den

The Disorderly Bear Den took GBW's traveling bear, Gulliver, to a teddy bear and doll show in Fort Wayne, Indiana.


They had a "bear-filled" fun time and especially enjoyed gathering at the booth of Bearos Ben and Beth Savino from Toledo, Ohio!


In the picture are (L to R) Den members Marianne and Will Billings; Ben and Beth Savino, Den Chairbear, Phillis Huffer and Den member Barbara Vlasek.

We have gifted teddy bears to the Wakaba School for Disabled Children for 17 years! The bears are hand-made by Den members. This year we also gave a bear to a school employee who was battling cancer. She had been very depressed because of her illness and was overwhelmed to receive such a gift. Our Den is always happy to share the healing power of teddy bears with those in need. Each year, when the students receive a teddy they are asked to give it a name. This is one of the most fun parts of the gifting.

Several Den members played the ocarina for the children prior to the gifting. It was the first time we held a concert and the children loved listening to the music!


Bear With Us Den
Bear Hugs of Chicagoland

We had 2 very special giftings this summer. At the end of June we handed out patriotic teddy bears to the veterans at our local VA hospital. We spoke with each one and thanked them personally for their service to our country. They loved getting a new furry friend! In July we gifted 200 teddy bears and other animals to Golden State Family Services. They are assembling backpacks for foster children, and for the last few years we have provided a "backpack" buddy for their first day at school. We feel privileged to be a part of this special time in their lives.

Front L-R Peggy and Tom - Back L-R Jennifer, Linda, Renee, Donna, Salena, Lorene

Bear Hugs of Chicagoland donated 100 teddy bears to the 27th Camp, I am Me, sponsored by the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance (for burn survivors of all ages). The bears are placed on each camper's cot upon their arrival.


Pictured are Phyllis Close, Chairbear, and accepting the bears, Stephanie Hiemer, of the Alliance.

Toledo Den

The Toledo Den has been busy, busy, busy with Boosters and members going non-stop. We donated three large bags of stuffed animals to Lucas County Children Services in April. The agency services over 12,500 children in this area. They sent a letter of appreciation and thanked us for the bears that they will give to children who are unable to safely live with their families. Den members have accompanied our International Chairperson, Terrie Stong, to teddy bear shows all through the summer. Many Boosters have also been faithfully attending these events. The Toledo Den recently sponsored a Brats, Bears and Booster BBQ hosted by Den member,

Linda Hitchings. Delicious food was consumed in mass quantities (by our Boosters). We polished the afternoon off with a dip in the pool. Thanks, Linda, for a great time! We finished a very successful show at Sauder Village, in Archbold, Ohio. Boosters Tedds Barnhizer and brother Gulliver got to do their very first gifting of Good Bears to the Wauseon Fire Department. It was a great time to reunite with family and friends, while enjoying the pristine and serene environment of the Inn, Campgrounds and village.

(L to R) Bearo Meg Barnhizer with Firefighter, Justin Gault, who received Good Bears for the Wauseon Fire Department!

Kingwood Heartbeat Bears
Teddy Bears With Heart

Den members met for the May luncheon and business meeting at Chimichurri's in Kingwood. This year we gifted teddy bears and other stuffed animals to children in hospitals, Health Care Centers, the U.S.O., The Door (a Battered Women's Shelter), Family Time Crisis, Nursing Homes, and victims of local disasters. A special project of the Den is working with the program at Humble Memorial Hermann Hospital that deals with parents who have lost a baby. These parents are feeling very lost and in need of support. Instead of leaving the hospital with empty arms, the perinatal loss team members give grieving parents small white teddy bears, dressed in beautiful white dresses, provided by the Kingwood Heartbeat Bears. The grieving parents are also offered a small, white Bible, if they choose to have one.

Den member, Nancy Foisner, with her husband Richard and daughter, Kelly Troutman, have volunteered once a week at the USO for many years. They welcome active, retired and Wounded Warrior military members and their dependents and give teddy bears when needed to children to sooth their anxieties from long travel time or the deployment of a parent. Pictured in the photo with Nancy Foisner are three of her military friends at a recent USO event.

We received a grant of $2,000 from The Yellow Brick Road Shop in Carmel to purchase bears for local hospitals. Enterprise Holdings also donated $2,000. Dentists Without Borders asked for some of our teeny bears to take with them to Peru. We have been contacted by fire departments in Texas, Louisiana and Montana asking for teddy bears. Our Den has three events coming up. Bingo for Bears on August 20th, Spaghetti Feed the Bears on September 15th and Monterey County Gives from November until the end of December (major fundraiser)! We would like to say thank you to everyone in our community who has helped us to grow and stretch our bear arms to help more people. We hope you are having a wonderful year!

Alexander, a friend of the Den, was on hand to help unload the bears from the barrels after the bear drive!

Philadelphia, PA

GBW Teddy Bear gifting to the Police Department, Tinicum Township, in Philadelphia area.


Two Officers, along with Marlene Thomas, Terrie Stong and Mike Cousino received gratitude and big thank you's!  

Mountain Bear Fan Club


Den members took part in the 10th anniversary of the Woodcarvers Rendezvous in April. We offered a bear making class for beginners.


Barbara Mattice and Merline Gillette were on hand to answer questions and help the participants. It was a successful event!


The den is again gearing up for the annual Angels Amongst Us Awards Dinner in November. This has become our biggest annual event and each year we look forward to honoring many angels and heroes in our community.


Our Care and Feeding group continues to meet twice a month to keep up with the demand for teddies and other stuffed animals to be gifted in the surrounding area.

Lysae VanDeWal made the bear she is holding. She was thrilled that she had done the entire thing herself from pattern cutting to stitching it all by hand!

Kingwood Heartbeat Bears

Den members are gathered to sell items and raffle tickets at the Kingwood Heartbeat Bears booth.

(Left to Right) Chairbear Ruth Ann Koza, Helen McInnis, Claire Garrett, President of the Hi Neighbor Philanthropic Program, Judy Miles
and Kay Caffey.

Pictured are some of the dedicated members of Kingwood Heartbeat Bears Den who presented the lovable gifts to Children’s Hospital - (L to R) back row - Chairbear Ruthann Koza, Linda Herndon, Norma Jean Gonzales, and Margret Ayers. Front row - Judy Miles, Claire Garrett,
and Kay Caffey.

Teddy Bears With Heart Den
Ted E. Vegas Den

Teddy Bears With Heart Den members and volunteers worked hard to get hundreds of donated stuffed animals ready to be gifted! Some of them were sent through Dentists Without Borders Peru, Argentina and Mexico.

Our Den had a request to send teddy bears to a Russian orphanage. We sent 80 bears squished into a large box. The photo depicts some of the boys and girls who received a teddy bear for the first time in their young lives.
Yes, GBW truly has a world-wide outreach.

Mountain Bear Fan Club
Somethin's Bruin Den

We gifted bears to Valley Children’s Hospital in Fresno. Chairbear, Barbara Mattice is shown above (left) with Lydia (from the Administration Department) who received the bears for the hospital.

In November we sold chocolates to earn money for our bear bank. We participated in the Serb Hall Doll and Bear Show in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in December. Norm Frahm donated many bears from Judy's collection to the Den and we sold them at the show.

Somethin's Bruin Den met in January at the New Berlin Public Library. We had a potluck that included many yummy dishes. New additions to our bear hugs were in attendance.

Cuddly Bear Den

Villagers from the Higashi-Murayama temporary housing area are with Chairbear, Yasuko Takesawa (3rd from right in the back row), holding their hand-made teddys.

Residents from the Okatsucho temporary housing area posed with Chairbear, Yasuko Takesawa (3rd from the left in the front row) and the Good Bears gifted to them by the Den!

Aloha Den

Aloha Den members donated gift cards, t-shirts, and toys for the Angel Network shoebox gift program. Iolani School's first grade pupils helped to distribute and decorate the boxes.

Disorderly Bear Den

The Komets Hockey Team held their 4th annual Teddy Bear Toss to benefit the Disorderly Bear Den! It was in Fort Wayne, Indiana, December 2, 2016! Thanks Komets fans!! Mascot, Icey T, helped the Komets to round up the bears! Thanks Guys!


The Disorderly Bear Den members and friends getting ready to bag the hundreds of bears! Mega thanks for all the hard work!

Kingwood Heartbeat Bears
Disorderly Bear Den

Rose Ann Martin (left), Educational Manager of Kingwood Medical Center accepted 7 cases of Good Bears from members of the Kingwood Heartbeat Bears Den – (2nd from the left to right) Norma Jean Gonzales, Claire Garrett, P.V. Fitzharris, Ruth Ann Koza, Judy Miles, Debbie Colwell, Vicki Gibbs, and Kay Caffey.

Kingwood Heartbeat Bears, gifted 500 teddy bears to Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. Den member, Aimee Papacostas, delivered a van-load to them! Den members met at the hospital and personally gave the bears to the children. It was a worthy and rewarding event!

Cases of Good Bears were gifted to the New Haven Fire Department! Den Member, Darlene Murphy delivered the bears to department members, Brad Parker, Carl Bradtmueller, Tanner Wild and Jason Lovel

Good Bears were gifted to three groups in our area in the past months. We also worked very hard on the teddy bears we received from the Fort Wayne Komets teddy bear toss. They were sorted, fluffed and given new ribbons!

Many large mohair teddy bears (Johanna Haida, Hermann and Steiff) were donated to our Den by a lady who was disposing of her mother’s collection. She was very sad that she could not keep all of them but also happy that she found a place where she could donate them and where they would ultimately benefit children in need. We were excited to receive them and sold them to add funds to our Bear Bank!

In August Den members, Donna Gordon-Hearn and Dianne Rapson, gave a teddy bear talk to Senior Women at the Faith Baptist Church in Fort Wayne. They were excited to have us at their meeting and greatly enjoyed learning about GBW and teddy bears.

Disorderly Bear Den
Toledo Den

In May, our Den gifted cases of Good Bears to the New Haven, Indiana Police Department. In the picture on the left, Den Member Darlene Murphy is flanked by Sargent Corey Smith (left) and Detective Kevin Hamrick (right).

Bearo, Charter Member of the Toledo Den, Steiff Store owner, avid teddy bear collector and one of GBW’s best and biggest supporters - Beth Savino is always fun and interesting to chat with at teddy bear shows. She is also one of the most respected sources on all things “Steiff”!

Cuddly Bear Den
Beary Good Friends Den

Five Den members (in the front on the right) pose after the bear making class with students holding the bears they made. What a fun time they all had!

Eighteen years ago we were contacted by Mr. Fukuda, a GBW member who had been living a long time in the U.K. and had returned to Japan. He noticed our names in the Den Directory of Bear Tracks! At that time he was facing cancer surgery so we sent him a teddy bear. Mr. Fukuda recently contacted us again because he was going to be in Tokyo and hoped we might have the chance to meet him! Sadly we could not. However, he has moved closer to Tokyo so we have the chance in the future to meet with him in “bearson”! What fun it would be to share our GBW stories!

Our Den held bear making sessions at Gunma Paz University with students there in May and June. The bears we made will be gifted to a senior citizen home in the Tohoku area hit by the quake and Tsunami in 2011

We participated in the Bright Star Show in Columbus, Ohio, on July 17th where we had a sales table and a silent auction table! Recent Den giftings have included the Groveport Food Pantry, Toys for Tots and Adriel School.

Den member, Wanda Bussard, was so busy manning our sales table she couldn’t take time to stop and smile for the camera!

Bear With Us Den

Our annual gifting of teddy bears to our VA Hospital is always inspiring! We love to see the happy faces accepting their teddy bears as we thanked them for their service! After the gifting, Den Members met for lunch and to celebrate one of our member’s birthdays.
Backpacks and school supplies are donated to a local Foster Care Agency by other charities and our Den puts a bear in each backpack to keep the kids company on their 1st day of school.

Den Members at the Veterans’ Hospital gifting – back row (L to R) Donna, Renee, Veronica, Jennifer, Linda and Louise. Front row (L to R) Lillian and Cathy.

Aloha Den
Kingwood Heartbeat Den

(L o R) Alisa Au and Chairbear, Carla Rogers worked beary hard at the All Hawaii Collectors Show. It was a fun teddy bear filled day!


March 12, 2016, we went to Waianae to Ellie Bryant’s home for our annual membership meeting. We had a wonderful Chinese lunch. After lunch, we had our meeting; announcements were made; upcoming events were shared and then we toured Ellie’s miniature collection. Would you believe this? Again, we had so much fun that we forgot to take pictures. Hope everyone had a Happy Easter, great Mother’s Day and everything else in between.
On Sunday, July 17, 2016, Den Members, Carla Rogers, Alisa Au, Judy Magin, and Mary Jo Segawa participated in the Hawaii All Collectors Show. Ilene and Wayne Wong, graciously gave our Den a booth. We had a good turnout, good sales and many people donated money without taking a bear.

Selling raffle tickets at a local business, back row: MinhChau Epley, Margret Ayers, Kay Caffey (in the bear suit), Judy Miles, and Debbie Campbell. 

Front row, seated: 
Helen McInnis and Susan Soderquist.





Disorderly Bear Den

Komet's team member, Randy Cure, helped to round up the teds that were tossed on the ice!

(left to right) A cameraman, Goody Bear - aka Chloe Rapson, (seated) Kent Hormann (ABC TV) and Cassie Crickard. Goody and Cassie were on live TV (Sound off With the Komets) to promote the Teddy Bear Toss - they were awesome!

Cuddly Bear Den

Cuddly Bear Den members held a bear making class that included mothers from the Takara Nursery School. While their children were in school, the ladies enjoyed the opportunity to concentrate on making their own personal teddy bears!

Thanks to Ms. Takahashi and Ms. Shibasaki who helped to organize the event!

Bear With Us Den
Whispering Forest Den -

Bear With Us Den members participated in a gifting to the seniors at Twilight Haven Nursing Home in Fresno, California.


Pictured, (L to R) are Linda's daughter, Christie, Linda, grandson Cotton, granddaughter Madison and daughter Julia. Linda and Julia are Den members.


Little Fergus is a hedgehog on a mission. He was recently adopted and 100% of his sale went towards the purchase of more boxes of Goodie bears which were sent to the children who lost everything in the recent bush fires in Waroona. They were so grateful for the bears and now working towards more cases as there are 65 children still needing bears.

Bear With Us Den
Disorderly Bear Den

Den members Lillian and Julie stopped for a photo shoot when they were decorating the tree in the Children's Playroom at Fresno Community Hospital.

Den members at the Holiday Dinner were (Back row, left-right) Padin Grove, Chris Wilson, Alex Wilson, Dianne Rapson, Abbie Rapson, Chelli Wilson, David Wilson and Sheri Raver, (front row, left-right) Cassie Crickard, Rosie Blessing, Darlene Murphy, Phyllis Huffer, Donna Gordon-Hearn and Abbie Rapson.

Good Bears of the World
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