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Teddy Bear Tea Brings Hope to Sick and Injured Kids

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YAKIMA--Most fundraisers require you to pay money to get in, but the Harman Center in Yakima had an event with a slight twist today.  All you had to do was bring a teddy bear or other stuffed animal, and you're in.

Children's Wishes and Dreams is a group that collects the stuffed animals to give to kids with life-threatening illnesses, or life-altering injuries.  Local children as young as three or as old as 21 will get these bears.

Heidi Anderson, the organizer of "Teddy Bear Tea," says those stuffed animals can be a big help when it comes to making children feel better.

"The teddy bears bring comfort, they're a friend for the children when they're going through hard times.  I always tell the kids, 'A teddy bear will always listen and always accept your love."

Children's Wishes and Dreams collected about 270 stuffed animals today.  The non-profit also had a bake sale and raffles to raise money that will go towards granting the wishes of the sick kids.