Thursday, September 15, 2011

In Memory of Tee

Last year one of the boys Emily fell in love with from Thailand died unexpectedly. It was heartbreaking for not only her but also everybody else from Rainbow House. When she talks about him, in my mind, I see an energetic and mischievous little boy; full of fun and joy regardless of his circumstances. Emily has a page on the Future for Five website with some of her favorite pictures of Tee.

Emily has been raising money to send to Rainbow House by selling shirts. The shirts currently being sold are going to support the camp where she was paired up with Tee.

But for those who don't want to spend money on a shirt, she has had a special fund going in memory of Tee. So many of the kids who pass through Rainbow House, whether it's kids from the day program or kids from orphanages, don't own any toys. Tee loved teddy bears and so she raised money to take his friends to Build a Bear in his memory.

Emily just received photos of the trip to Build a Bear. I can't even imagine the fun that must have been for the kids. I love this first photo because the kids are sitting there staring at the big bear full of amazement.

It looks like the staff and the volunteers did a great job walking the kids through each stage of making a bear and really helping them build a memory as well.

Each child has his own unstuffed bear.

What would a bear be without a heart?

The stuffing goes in.

Lots of happy children.

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