A few weeks ago, our girls got the chance to receive brand new daddy bears.
An admirable organization called "A Message from the Heart" provides a special bear from Build-A-Bear for kids whose mom or dad is a deployed Marine. Before they go, the Marines recorded messages for each kiddo. We met at Build A Bear for the kids to hear their special message place it inside a bear.
Both girls LOVED it. Madelyn kept saying, "It's my friend Pappy" and Elyse's face lit up when she heard the message. She wants to work at Build-A-Bear now.
This organization was started in honor of LCpl Jonathan Collins, KIA August 8, 2004. I am thankful for and inspired by his family's work to bring happiness to Marine families and to continue Jonathan's legacy.
If you would like to learn more about this organization or donate to the cause, check out the website here.