Teddy Bears for Sandy Hook Elementary

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Cheerleaders in Lancaster County are doing what they can to help the victims of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.

Girls from Manheim Township Extreme say they’re doing what they can to bring a little cheer to the kids who survived that shocking ordeal.

“We were all talking about how we really wanted to do something for the kids at Sandy Hook, so we came up with the idea so they have something to hold onto,” said cheerleader Ashley Smith.

The girls say they plan to send the bears to the school directly and are hoping to raise about 700.

If you’d like to donate boxes a drive will be held Sunday at Accelerations Gymnastics in Lititz from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. and another one will be held Monday and Tuesday at Wanner Ford in Ephrata from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.


  • Dick Fitzwell

    I know that people have the best intentions in mind when it comes to the victims and families of Sandy Hook, but I'm not sure this is the best way to help these people considering there are already tens of thousands of teddy bears on the way to Newtown from countless other groups doing the same thing. It seems to me these people would be better served by taking all these resources being used to purchase, gather and ship these bears and simply send money. They will need help with relieving funeral costs, cleanup and the potential destruction and rebuild of a new school, which seems quite likely, and to whatever else these folks may need.

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