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Build-a-bear for Boys and Girls Club

See larger Ashely Woolfork, 10, of the Lee County Boys and Girls Club shows off her bear at the Build-A-Bear event. Ashely has been attending the club for two years and said that she likes all the activities. She decided to name her bear Mimi and hoped it would bring happiness to a child this holiday season. / MATT MILLIGAN, BANNER CORRESPONDENT

Ashely Woolfork, 10, of the Lee County Boys and Girls Club shows off her bear at the Build-A-Bear event. Ashely has been attending the club for two years and said that she likes all the activities. She decided to name her bear Mimi and hoped it would bring happiness to a child this holiday season. / MATT MILLIGAN, BANNER CORRESPONDENT

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  • Manager Maria Pepin and assistant manager Amy Heyna of Build A Bear at coconut point eagerly await for the Lee County Boys and Girls Club to arrive. They have both been with the store at coconut point since it opened back in March 2007. Build-A-Bear has hosted other groups such as  Girls Scouts of America, The Ronald McDonald House, and The Children’s Hospital through out the company’s 15 year history. / MATT MILLIGAN, BANNER CORRESPONDENT
  • Ashely Woolfork, 10, of the Lee County Boys and Girls Club shows off her bear at the Build-A-Bear event. Ashely has been attending the club for two years and said that she likes all the activities. She decided to name her bear Mimi and hoped it would bring happiness to a child this holiday season. / MATT MILLIGAN, BANNER CORRESPONDENT
  • Chief professional officer of the Boys and Girls Club, Debra Liftig, and Brittany Brown, the extension director at Palmetto Court, show off the autographed bear signed by the 19 kids attending Build-A-Bear. The autographed bear will be a memento for the Boys and Girls club at Palmetto Court to help remind them of all the wonderful bears that they created for kids in Haiti. Brown, a 21 year old student at FGCU, has worked with the Palmetto Court Boys and Girls Club since September and was the creative mind behind this event. Liftig said that the Boys and Girls Club was excited about Brittany’s idea and glad to grant funds for the kids to be able to build the bears. / MATT MILLIGAN, BANNER CORRESPONDENT
  • Tyler Phillips, 14, of Lee County proudly displays the bear he created. Tyler attended the Build-A-Bear event with the Boys and Girls Club of Palmetto Court on Monday, Dec. 20. The event provided an opportunity for the club members to make a bear that would be shipped to kids in Haiti.  Tyler has been attending the club for two years and enjoys the many activities and the assistance with homework that the club provides. Tyler said that he hopes that the bear he created brings some comfort and happiness to a child in Haiti because they have been going through hard times there. / MATT MILLIGAN, BANNER CORRESPONDENT
  • The Lee County Boys and Girls Club of Palmetto Court show off their newly created bears ready to be shipped to Haiti. Each of the 19 kids attending the event at Coconut Point Build-A-Bear store selected a bear, helped stuff it, placed a heart inside, and picked a special outfit. Every bear comes with a birth certificate stating it’s name that was chosen by the child who created it. The kids from the boys and girls club also made cards and picture frames to send along with the bears. / MATT MILLIGAN, BANNER CORRESPONDENT

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