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In Any Clime and Place

Shoppers create ‘beary’ special friends for Toys for Tots

By Lance Cpl. Cristina Noelia Gil | | November 15, 2008

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Pakalana Shiraki, 7, of Honolulu hands a bear she built to Sgt. Jose Godinez, 4th Force Reconnaissance Company, at the Ala Moana Build-a-Bear Workshop Nov. 15. Marines were on hand accepting donations to the Marine Corps Reserve's annual Toys for Tots campaign.

Pakalana Shiraki, 7, of Honolulu hands a bear she built to Sgt. Jose Godinez, 4th Force Reconnaissance Company, at the Ala Moana Build-a-Bear Workshop Nov. 15. Marines were on hand accepting donations to the Marine Corps Reserve's annual Toys for Tots campaign. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Cristina Noelia Gil)


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Joy Uetake, 8, donates a bear to the Marine Corps Reserve's annual Toys for Tots campaign at the Ala Moana Build-a-Bear Workshop Nov. 15. Marines were at the store accepting donations Nov. 15 and 16 for less-fortunate children in Hawaii.

Joy Uetake, 8, donates a bear to the Marine Corps Reserve's annual Toys for Tots campaign at the Ala Moana Build-a-Bear Workshop Nov. 15. Marines were at the store accepting donations Nov. 15 and 16 for less-fortunate children in Hawaii. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Cristina Noelia Gil)


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Shelby McCabe and Bri Miller of Honolulu drop off the bears they built for the Marine Corps Reserve's annual Toys for Tots campaign at the Ala Moana Build-a-Bear Workshop Nov. 15. Marines were on hand Nov. 15 and 16 accepting donations for less-fortunate children in Hawaii.

Shelby McCabe and Bri Miller of Honolulu drop off the bears they built for the Marine Corps Reserve's annual Toys for Tots campaign at the Ala Moana Build-a-Bear Workshop Nov. 15. Marines were on hand Nov. 15 and 16 accepting donations for less-fortunate children in Hawaii. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Cristina Noelia Gil)


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Costas Rodrigues, 7, names the plush animal he created, 'Costas,' after himself, for donation to the Marine Corps Reserve's annual Toys for Tots drive at the Ala Moana Build-a-Bear Workshop Nov. 15. 'I know they will be happy to have the toy and play with it,' said Costas about the child who will receive his gift.

Costas Rodrigues, 7, names the plush animal he created, 'Costas,' after himself, for donation to the Marine Corps Reserve's annual Toys for Tots drive at the Ala Moana Build-a-Bear Workshop Nov. 15. 'I know they will be happy to have the toy and play with it,' said Costas about the child who will receive his gift. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Cristina Noelia Gil)


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Kolaiah Joseph, 5, bathes a plush animal he created for donation to the Marine Corps Reserve's annual Toys for Tots campaign, as his mother, Somers Joseph watches on, at the Ala Moana Build-a-Bear Workshop Nov. 15. According to Gunnery Sgt. Chris Whitley, Toys for Tots coordinator, the campaign collected approximately 40 toys at the store over the weekend.

Kolaiah Joseph, 5, bathes a plush animal he created for donation to the Marine Corps Reserve's annual Toys for Tots campaign, as his mother, Somers Joseph watches on, at the Ala Moana Build-a-Bear Workshop Nov. 15. According to Gunnery Sgt. Chris Whitley, Toys for Tots coordinator, the campaign collected approximately 40 toys at the store over the weekend. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Cristina Noelia Gil)


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Kolaiah Joseph, 5, drops off the plush animal he created for donation to the Marine Corps Reserve's annual Toys for Tots campaign at the Ala Moana Build-a-Bear Workshop Nov. 15. The Marines collected approximately 40 toys, contributing to the year's overall campaign goal of 40,000, said Gunnery Sgt. Chris Whitley, Toys for Tots coordinator.

Kolaiah Joseph, 5, drops off the plush animal he created for donation to the Marine Corps Reserve's annual Toys for Tots campaign at the Ala Moana Build-a-Bear Workshop Nov. 15. The Marines collected approximately 40 toys, contributing to the year's overall campaign goal of 40,000, said Gunnery Sgt. Chris Whitley, Toys for Tots coordinator. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Cristina Noelia Gil)


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HONOLULU -- Marines were on hand accepting donations of new, furry friends to the Marine Corps Reserve’s annual Toys for Tots drive at the Ala Moana Build-a-Bear Workshop Nov. 15 and 16.

Shoppers spent time stuffing, bathing, dressing and naming plush animals for Hawaii’s less-fortunate children.

“I have been giving to Toys for Tots for as long as I can remember, and this year is no different,” said Jackie McCabe, a Honolulu resident and supporter of the campaign.

Some parents took the opportunity to teach their children about giving.

Somers Joseph, of Waimanalo, helped her son, Kolaiah, five years old, prepare a bear for donation, as she explained to him that he was preparing a gift for a child who may not be as fortunate as him.

“Some children aren’t as lucky to have as many toys as you do,” Joseph explained to her son.

Costas Rodrigues, seven years old, was excited as he built a stuffed animal for donation, knowing his gift will soon be in the hands of a child who needs it.

“I know they will be happy to have the toy and play with it,” said Costas.

According to Gunnery Sgt. Chris Whitley, Toys for Tots coordinator, approximately 40 donations were received, contributing to this year’s goal of 40,000 toys.

All donations made to the Toys for Tots campaign in Hawaii, stay in Hawaii.

Build-a-Bear Workshop is a nation-wide corporate sponsor of the Marine Corps Reserve’s annual Toys for Tots campaign.

Ala Moana Build-a-Bear Workshop will remain a Toys for Tots drop-off location throughout the holiday season, along with many other locations across Hawaii.
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