Today I learned that fire departments and paramedics will take donations of teddy bears. They use these to give to children that they encounter during an emergency to calm their fears. I learned this because a friend of mine had a birthday party for her daughter. She was turning one year old. since we are just off the heels of Christmas, the little on has received tons of gifts. So, the guests were asked to bring a teddy to share with charity. Great fun and a great cause too!