LADY AND MARSHALL FIELD’S
TEAM UP TO SUPPORT FOSTER CARE
IL, APRIL 11, 1997 -- Illinois First Lady Brenda Edgar will appear at
the Marshall Field’s store at 111 N. State Street to sign her P.J.
Huggabee teddy bears from noon until 1 p.m. on Tuesday. April 15. Between
10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Marshall Field’s will collect new and quality
used toy and clothing donations for Illinois Foster Children. Information
about child abuse prevention will also be available at the store. Both
events are being held in recognition of Child abuse Prevention Month.
"The plight of abused and neglected children has been brought to
the forefront in recent years, leaving concerned Illinois citizens looking
for a way to help," said the first lady. "By purchasing a
P.J. Huggabee bear or donating items to DCFS foster children, you are
helping to put a hurting child’s life back together."
P.J. Huggabee program is partnership between Marshall Field’s and
the First Lady’s Help Me Grow program. The bear was created to
provide children taken into the protective custody of the Department
of Children and Family Services with a sense of security and companionship
during this critical time. With the purchase of one bear, an identical
bear is donated to a child entering the Illinois foster care system.
Each bear includes a brochure that details different forms of abuse,
ways to prevent it and how to report it. Since its inception in 1994,
the program has provided more than 25,000 bears to abused and neglected
children. It has been so successful in Illinois that first ladies in
Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin have introduces the program
in their states.
toy and clothing donations collected on April 15 will be used by foster
children and families in the Chicago metropolitan area. DCFS accepts
all types of donations for the children in its care. For information
on how to help, contact the Office of Communications and Community Relations
at (312) 814-6847.