Build-A-Bear Buddies

 

Build-A-Bear Buddies: Sighted and Visually Impaired Kids Team up for Fun and Friendship

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On March 1, 2015, children and families from our Family Resource Project met sighted children from Vistas for Children, Inc. at the Del Amo Mall Build a Bear in Torrance.  Then the fun began.  Each of our children with visual impairment was paired up with a sighted Junior Vista peer with the goal of creating their very own bear to take home.

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The Junior Vistas walked their buddy to the stuffing machine and then to a series of stations where they helped to describe the hundreds of outfits and accessories to choose from.

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Next they dressed and decorated the bears together.  One of the most popular accessories was eyeglasses and many of our visually impaired children chose a pair that looked a lot like the ones they wear.

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By the end of the event, there were football player bears, ballerina bears, lifeguard bears, military bears and Batman bears.

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Not to mention huge smiles, giggles and hugs. In a short period of time, new friends were made, fun was had and everyone went home with their very own bear. All of the costs were covered by the Junior Vistas and Vistas for Children Inc. who raises funds for programs that help children with special needs including our Family Resource Project.

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A huge thank you to the Vistas and Junior Vistas for making this incredible experience possible.

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