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Teddybears donated to spread cheer to children in need

Some packages have gone to local hospitals, or to emergency responders to hand out to children in difficult situations.

The Bond Head Women’s Institute made a special delivery to the Bradford West Gwillimbury Fire and Emergency Services on Friday.

Group members dropped off packages full of teddybears, rainbow-coloured ponies and a variety of children’s books as part of Quincy’s Project, an effort to give gifts to children in need of a little cheer.

Some of the packages have gone to local hospitals. Others have been delivered to emergency responders — fire, police and paramedics — to be carried on board their vehicles and handed out as needed to kids in difficult situations or experiencing trauma.

In 2005, the Federated Women’s Institutes of Ontario published a book about a bear, “Quincy and His Quilt: A Northern Adventure,” written by two of its members.

The book became the basis of the Quincy Project, which asked women’s institutes to put together packages containing a stuffed bear, a book and a quilt or blanket for children.

The Bond Head Women’s Institute has participated in the Quincy Project for at least the past three years.

“We have so much fun putting them together,” said women’s institute member Mikki Nanowski, helping deliver the packages to the first responders.

Miriam King

About the Author: Miriam King

Miriam King is a journalist and photographer with Bradford Today, covering news and events in Bradford West Gwillimbury and Innisfil.
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