Fred and Linda Ward are always looking for new and interesting ways to pass along positive messages and life lessons to their Grandkids whenever they can.

Proud Grandparents to Jack age 7 and Hanna age 6, it continues to be important to contribute to their lives however they can.

Around this time last year, they stumbled across the Kerry Bear Giving Campaign and decided to donate to Kerry’s Place for the first time.

“We think it’s important to give back. It was an honour to be able to do something like that for an organization that supports so many needy families. Involving our Grandkids was a wonderful way to show them the power of giving, which for us is an important life lesson that we could help them understand.”

Being huge supporters of education, it was a natural fit to explain to their Grandkids what they had done in their honour, and asked Jack and Hanna to deliver their Kerry Bear gifts to their school teacher as a token of thanks and gratitude. Their school supports a number of grade school students with autism spectrum disorder.

Kindergarden teacher Darlene Jebb was thrilled, and still has her bear sitting on display for her students to see. “It was so heartwarming to receive a Kerry Bear from one of my students. Each child is a unique learner and knowing that a donation was made to an organization that supports child success was absolutely fabulous! It was the ideal gift to make a difference to student learning, confidence and self esteem.”

Why Our Kerry Bears

Kerry’s Place Autism Services supports thousands of children, youth and adults living with Autism Spectrum Disorder(ASD) each year. Money raised from the Kerry Bear campaign will contribute to sustaining the delivery of programs and services to those with ASD and their families.

For the last 4 years, the arrival of Kerry Bears has been an exciting time at Kerry’s Place! They are a fun way for everyone to contribute to spreading Autism Awareness and to supporting those with ASD in our Kerry’s Place Community.


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