Heatherwood's women's missionary union distributes bears

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Busy cutting pieces for a bear-making session are, from left, Linda Fleming, Shirley Wade, June Barronton, Blanch Haines and Ruby Jackson.

By Ed Crouse
For The Newnan Times-Herald
For several years, members of Heatherwood Baptist Church’s Women’s Missionary Union have been caught up in the community’s “bear fever.” Once a week, volunteers gather at the church to cut out, stuff, sew and label colorful bears in three sizes.
The cuddly bears are then distributed to organizations such as police and fire stations, hospitals, rest and retirement homes, prisons and overseas missions.
“We like to think that a cuddly bear may bring some comfort and a message to a lonely someone in need of a friend,” said volunteer Pat Haynes.
Haynes is so committed to the project, she is sometimes called the Bear Lady.
The bear project is one of several outreach programs at Heatherwood.
Heatherwood Baptist continues to send “soldier boxes” to servicemen around the world.
Since the program was begun in 2005, Heatherwood has sent nearly 3,200 boxes and in return has received many letters of appreciation – most of them from men and women stationed in the Middle East.


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