When a child enters a hospital room at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and sees their injured parent – sometimes missing limbs or suffering from severe burns – it can be a very traumatic experience for them.
But it was gratifying and heartwarming to hear directly this summer from Arms Outstretched Ministries executive director Michelle Humphries about what a difference it makes when a young boy or girl in that situation receives a teddy bear through the Americans Helping Americans®’ Teddy Bear Buddies program.
Humphries has witnessed on many occasions how a child simply lights up, even in the midst of the most troubling of times, and is comforted by a little stuffed bear. “It just brightens up their whole word,” she told us. “They love those bears.”
Americans Helping Americans® is proud and honored to partner with Arms Outstretched in its mission to assist the nation’s wounded warriors, low-income military families struggling to make ends meet on an enlisted solder’s salary, and veterans who have helped to keep the country safe and secure.
We thank those serving in the armed forces today, and those veterans who served in past. And we thank you for helping us to help them.