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Local Teachers Sending Teddy Bears To Kids In Newtown

In Lynnfield, you can drop off donated teddy bears at Cervizzi's Martial Arts on Wednesday and Thursday afternoon.

Two local teachers have launched a project to bring comfort to children in Newtown, Connecticut following last week’s mass killing.

Emily and Elizabeth Donnellan were featured Tuesday night in a report on WBZ talking about the “Teddy Bears for Newtown” project where they are working with the local newspaper in that town to distribute the bears to local children. They reportedly plan to drive down to Newtown Saturday with the donated bears.

More information, including drop off places, can be found on the Teddy Bears for Newtown Facebook page.

In Lynnfield, Cervizzi’s Martial Arts in Post Office Square is accepting donated teddy bears between 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. until Thursday. The other three Cervizzi’s branches, in Winthrop, North Reading and North Andover, are also accepting donated bears.

An email to Sensei Janice Corkhum of Cervizzi’s Martial Arts finds that Emily Donnellan, who teaches special needs in Gloucester, also happens to be a senior karate instructor at the dojo in Lynnfield. Her sister Elizabeth reportedly teaches middle school in Watertown.

The two women are reportedly hoping to bring 700 donated teddy bears down to Newtown.

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