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Members of the Ottertail Fire Department, with Detroit Lakes ABATE club members and some of the donated Buddy Bears. ABATE also donated bears to the Perham Fire Department recently.

'Buddy Bears' bring comfort to kids in crisis

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Sometimes, having something to cuddle makes everything seem better for children who have seen or survived a scary incident, such as an accident or fire.


That’s the reasoning behind ‘Buddy Bears,’ a program that raises money to provide teddy bears to kids in crisis.

Through raffles and an organizational gambling account, the Detroit Lakes chapter of ABATE (American Bikers for Awareness Training and Education) raises funds for Buddy Bears.

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Marie Johnson
Marie Johnson (formerly Nitke) came to the Perham Focus after several years as the Education and Arts & Entertainment Editor at the Herald-Review of Grand Rapids, Minn. She lives in rural Ottertail with her husband, Dan, and their spunky yellow lab, Louisa.
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