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The Westchester Celiac Sprue Support Group (WCSSG) has initiated a unique Gluten-Free Traveling Bears for celiac children program to: increase awareness of celiac disease, help children with celiac disease understand and communicate the gluten-free diet, and raise funds for the WCSSG.

By request, one of the special Gluten-Free Traveling Bears can visit a child with celiac disease for a few days.

Gluten-Free Traveling Bears
We can't wait to visit you!
The children may take the bears with them to school and local events. The bears, all named after safe GF grain alternatives, are a fun way for the child to explain the nature of his/her extremely restricted diet. This new section of our web site site will track the bears' travels and post some of the letters and photos that the children wish to send. This will allow the children to see that there are many other children like themselves that are living with celiac disease. The bears will be sent to each child along with a backpack to carry it in, a disposable camera and games. Also included will be basic information about celiac disease and the gluten-free diet. There will be information about and recipes using that bear's special grain alternative. The idea is to have something fun come from having CD, let the children know that they are not alone, help to educate the children and their communities about CD, and to promote and raise funds for the Westchester Celiac Sprue Support Group's participation in the Gluten-Free Restaurant Awareness Program.

A $25 donation to the Westchester Celiac Sprue Support Group allows one of the Gluten-Free Traveling Bears to visit a child and their family for a three-day visit before they need to mail it on to the next child awaiting the bear's visit. See comments from other host families.

To request that a bear visit your child for a three day visit, please download the request form and send it, along with your check or money order.

Checks should be made out to:
'Westchester Celiac Sprue Support Group',
Earmarked for the 'Gluten-Free Travelling Bears'

Mail to: Gluten-Free-Bears, c/o WCSSG, PO Box 66, Montrose, NY 10548-0066

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