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Kindergarteners donate teddy bears to SAFD

SAFD to use bears for injured children

When tragedy strikes, fun can help ease your pain. When you're a kid, there's no better fun than a teddy bear.
When tragedy strikes, fun can help ease your pain. When you're a kid, there's no better fun than a teddy bear.

When tragedy strikes, a friend can help ease your pain. When you're a kid, there's no better friend than a teddy bear.

Tuesday some San Antonio kindergarteners went the extra mile to make sure no child in pain will go without one.

Fire truck, ambulance, teddy bear -- the three go hand in hand. Each can ease the suffering of a child at an accident.

Kindergarteners at St. Mary's Hall's Lower School are donating brand new teddy bears to San Antonio fire fighters for them to use when dealing with hurt children.

There was pride and there were some tears.

"I was also pretty sad too," said 6-year-old Axel Morgan. "Halfway sad because we had to let our bears go. But I'm still happy."

"Any kind of situation where the child is in distress emotionally, these bears can provide that moment of comfort," said SAFD paramedic Daniel Dickerson. "They can help us relate to them, help us get information and it really just provides that moment of comfort on the worst day of their lives."

There were some tears as the children parted with their bears.

"As appreciative as the firefighters may be about getting these teddy bears, the moms and dads are pretty happy too," said ________. "That's because in order to earn the right to give the bear, the kids had to do chores to earn money."

Some even created a product to sell. But it was clear is that what they really earned by their gracious gift was character.

"One little boy named Jay was really touching, and said it best," said Jonathan Eades, head of St. Mary's Hall. "He said, 'I'm sad to see my teddy bear go, but it's going to someone who needs it more than I do.' And I thought, that's what it's all about."

Among the other lessons learned were fire safety. The firefighters put on a demonstration where they gave the kids a tour of an EMS unit and fire truck, and explained what they need to remember in an emergency.

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