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April 12, 2005 > Bears (and friends) invade bank

Bears (and friends) invade bank

Lions and tigers and bears gathered at Heritage Bank of Commerce last week. All were well-behaved, friendly, cuddly and ready to find children's arms to hold them. In answer to the call of the One Bear Project, two groups gathered and brought the creatures to the bank's conference room. They were quickly transferred to the temporary custody of representatives of two outreach organizations that know of small hands and hearts that need a fuzzy friend.

Over 100 of these creatures showed up courtesy of The Harker School Key Club, an international student-run organization specializing in community service and leadership. Each animal was personalized with a message - Hello friend; Hey, Super Byron; Samantha, this is Missy, your bear's elephant - for a youngster at Holy Family Day Home. Sr. Marianne received the animals on behalf of the care center. Key Club members who delivered the bears included Emily Hsi, Meghana Komati and Shrestha Singh. Others taking part in the project: Alex Chen, Aline Zorian, Andrea Wang, Anjali Joy, Ashley Yang, Audrey Leung, Christina Yee, James His, Joanna Xu, Kathy Peng, Ruchi Srivastave, Ruhanee Killer, Samantha Jagannathan, Stephanie Herh and others.

Another group of fuzzy friends was ready for their new homes courtesy of Newark Daisy Troop 1315 (Girl Scouts). With loving care, Daisies Katie Forrest, Shelby Maloney, Julia DeLipski and Mikayla Cree delivered their charges to JoAnn Miller and Joyce Allen who accepted them for Sister John Marie's Pantry. Others in the troop who helped but were unable to attend include Jordan Ebarle, Jiana Joy Riguera, Sarah Danielzadeh and Biance McGee.

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