Hug-A-Bears 2017 Update
Video provided by Stephen
Telephone Pioneers General Assemble in 1991 -1992 a new project
was introduced to all Chapters of Ma Bell and as president Dick Winter brought
the project back to the Cornhusker Chapter from the General Assembly.
The new project was called
Hug-A-Bear. A committee was formed and Dick's wife became the first
chairperson of the group.
In 1996 the Cornhusker Chapter became the Heartland Council and Steve Dawkins and his wife took over the
Hug-A-Bears committee around 2000 - 2001. From that time forward the group has made well over
38,000 Bears. Over the years there have been many volunteers working on this
project. As time goes on and volunteers come and go it has been reported that today the volunteers are
Darla, Jerry, Joe, Ron, Joan, Steve, Steve, Ray, Virginia, Gayla, Kathy,
Velma, Pat, Ann, Karen, Marcia, plus a few retirees at
Maple Ridge Resort Living Community.
A few years back Maple Ridge gave the group a work room in the lower level
to make and assemble the bears. If you find a HUG A BEAR in the caring hands
of a child and wish to know more about the volunteers, who make these
handcrafted and embroidered
with Love - Omaha Works Volunteers" Please contact Steve Dawkins. Volunteers
are always welcome to help in the creation process.
The Bear construction group gathers
"Tuesday" morning from 9 a.m. till noon at Maple Ridge Resort Living
Community 168th & Maple Street - lower level. There is always laughter,
conversation, and maybe a few homemade munchies on Tuesday mornings. If you
would like to help get in touch with Steve Dawkins Hug A Bear committee
chairman, cell phone: 402-740-2475
information about the
A Bears activities!
Last summer, 2017, Steve Miller made a video of the bears works group and converted it
to a YouTube that you can watch by clicking on this link.