Some groups use jars of pennies of paperclips to show the statistics of how many people or animals have been born, have died of a disease, or have experienced something related to their cause. It is a good visual tool, as those items are so small, yet when so much space is taken up by them, it creates an impact. One young lady in Pennsylvania is working on a Penny Project right now.
Another project is underway that operates on a similar principle. However, what is very different is that each individual victim is given a unique voice. Teddy Tours is raising awareness for childhood sexual assault victims. If you or a loved one has experienced this, you can download and send in a Teddy Tag. Each Teddy Bear tells the story of an individual in a confidential way. The Teddy or doll is posted to their blog, and culminates in an event during Reclaim the Night, which takes place October 31st in North Cairns, Australia.
On the world wide web, the Teddies are travelling around the internet, as the site is found through various links and searches. This is a true virtual volunteer effort as well as a hands on effort. I was surprised that looking at a bunch of stuffed bears could be so moving, and thought that my readers would be interested in the project.
Don’t hesitate to visit Teddy Tours today. They always accept donations of new Teddies, or donations of $5.00 or more for patterns/supplies for survivors to make their own Teddies.