Updated: Feb 18, 2021
A simple idea to bring cheer to those living alone and in need of a hug!
Malvern's Anna Chaplain and her volunteers in that part of Worcestershire have been busy with paper and scissors making these Huggy Bears for people lacking visits during lockdown.
Eileen Tomlin says she's been keeping in touch with her local care homes. 'I thought people might like to use the idea. We’ve just finished making 120 "Huggy Bears" for the residents and staff of two care homes. My neighbours cut out the bear shapes from card, using a template. I’ve finished them off with the features, and hearts with a message written on them. I hope I delivered them in time for St Valentine’s Day, allowing for them to be quarantined!
The bears close up in a hug, and then open to reveal a message reminding those who receive them, that God loves them.'
They can be adapted, of course, to carry any message you like and also might be a craft for Messy Vintage, adds Eileen.