National Teddy Bear Day, The History of Teddy's Bear & Teddy Bears for Pediatric Patientsby EJ on 09/09/13
Political cartoonist Clifford Berryman drew the event, titling it "Drawing the Line in Mississippi" which was published by The Washington Post. The cartoon was so popular that Berryman used the small bear character in all of his depictions of the President thereafter.
The same political cartoon got the attention of a store owner in Brooklyn named Morris Mitchom, who asked his wife to sew up a stuffed bear that resembled the one from the drawing. The bear that she created was showcased in the shop and named "Teddy's Bear". There were so many customers wanting the bear that Mrs. Mitchom couldn't make them fast enough. Mitchom wrote to the President to ask permission to name the bear after him to which the President replied in agreement with a hand written letter. With the success of Teddy's Bear, the Mitchom couple founded the Ideal Novelty and Toy Company and the American Teddy Bear was born.
The Theodore Roosevelt Association and Teddy Share are celebrating Sept. 9th, National Teddy Bear Day, by donating 2,000 Teddy Bears to pediatric patients at over thirty hospitals throughout the nation. "We're very proud of Teddy Bears for Kids program. We're pleased to bring a little light to children going through a rough patch," said Theodore Roosevelt Association president Tweed Roosevelt, a great-grandson of Theodore Roosevelt. This year, the TRA chose 100% made-in-the-USA donors for their Teddy Bears donations. The TRA is a Congressional chartered non-profit public service organization dedicated to promoting the memory and ideals of Theodore Roosevelt.
Celebrate National Teddy Bear Day with these great ideas:
- Color a Teddy Bear. There are tons of free Teddy Bear printables online.
- Make your very own Teddy Bear. Choose from simple kits and patterns to more advanced kits and patterns. This is a great way to introduce sewing and toy making to kids.
- Donate to Teddy Bears for Kids. Pediatric patients receive Teddy Bears from your monetary donations.
- Share the legend of the first Teddy Bear with a child. Helen Kay's book "The Very First Teddy Bear" tells the story of how President Theodore Roosevelt inspired the American Teddy Bear and how Rose Mitchom made the first toy "Teddy's Bear".