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By Dan Rudy 

Bear program still comforting after 30 years


February 23, 2017

Submitted Photo

This teddy is one of the bears purchased by Wrangell's Beta Phi Epsilon sorority, which for 30 years has provided the soft toys for children in need of some comfort during trips to the hospital and other emergency services.

Women of a local service organization celebrated 30 years of its teddy bear program this Valentine's Day.

The Wrangell chapter of Beta Sigma Phi (ΒΣΦ) continued its February 14 tradition of a dance and auction at the American Legion, with proceeds from the event going to purchase the plush toys. These in turn get sent to Wrangell Medical Center, providing a buddy for pediatric patients in need of care.

For many years, ΒΣΦ supported the program in association with the Wrangell Lions Club, which discontinued last summer.

"After ordering the first teddy bears we gave out some to the fire...

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