Christppher Care Bears

Teddy Bear Ladies

All Women of the Church wrapping lap robes for the nursing homes

We are so proud to present to you the Christopher Care and Teddy Bear Team sewing ministry and mission of the First Presbyterian Church of Bedford, IN. We meet on Wednesday's in the sewing room of our Church at 10:00 A.M. and everyone is welcome. Our sewing mission was started by Ethela Matthews and Nellie Reynolds due to a dramatic circumstance of a child that was separated from his family. His name was Christopher. Bedford is fortunate to have two hospitals and we supply both hospitals with teddy bears to give to the children as deemed by the hospital staff. We also supply the Salvation Army, Fireman, Police, Red Cross and various Child Services of Lawrence County. Lately, we have found a need and usefulness of the teddy bears for Alzheimer patients as they seem to calm down when having something to hold and cuddle. We make our teddy bears from various cuddly fabrics and embroider eyes, nose and mouth so as to not to use something like buttons that a child may choke. Each bear received a ribbon around the neck, a hand knitted or crochet hat, a special hug and blessing before being sent out into the world for its special duty. You have but to see a desperate child one time and the visual will stick with you the rest of your life that the teddy bear has been sent on its way with special healing powers.

We make lap robes for nursing home patients. These lab robes meet the request of nursing home staff in that they cover from the waist to the feet and no fringe to catch in wheel chair mechanics. We have knitted, crochet and pieced lap robes that are a terrific hit to nursing home patients as we make the lap robes very colorful.

This past year, we started making walker caddies that fit around the front of the walker and all compartments can be closed with Velcro.

Our sewing mission has become well known in the Lawrence County community. Donations of yarn and lap robe fabric is dropped off in our Fellowship Hall and many times, we have no idea who donated these treasures. We thank each and everyone.