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Offit Kurman Attorney Hosts Brooks’ Bears To Stock Dr. Bear’s Closet

Bethesda MD | October 3, 2017 – On Sunday October 1st, Offit Kurman Family Law attorney Sandra “Sandy” Brooks, and her family, hosted the 3rd annual Brooks’ Bears at Build-A-Bear in Bethesda.  Guests and their children were invited to build bears to stock Dr. Bear’s Closet at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.  The idea for Brooks’ Bears came from Sandy and her husband Mark.  When their children were 2 and 4 years old, they wanted them to give back to the community, but wanted them to feel some connection to the cause and recipients.

“We’re are fortunate in so many ways,” says Brooks, “and we want our children to recognize that others aren’t.  We want our children to think about helping others.”

 

Dr. Bear’s Closet is stocked with toys for the children going through treatment, and their siblings, to provide comfort and cheer during their stay at the hospital.

 

Before the bears are boxed they are given a name, birth certificate, and inserted with a plush red heart, and a wish, from the builder.  Not only do the children at the hospital benefit, but the ones creating the bears learn the lesson of giving.

 

“Watching my children, and the other children who attend each year, is so inspirational.  After building their bears, both of my kids ask if the little boy or little girl in the hospital who will be receiving the bear is going to like it.  Like it, he or she will love it!”

This year, over 65 bears were accessorized and stuffed by the children.

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