Catholic Kid Collecting Teddy Bears for Haitian Relief Effort


Blare GoochMeet twelve year old Blare Gooch, a Catholic elementary school student who’s using his big heart to reach out to children suffering in Haiti after the earthquake.  Blare is making the rounds on the media, looking to collect 2,000 teddy bears to send to the orphans and other children suffering in Haiti.  Blare is well on his way to meeting his goal by March 15th – if you’d like to help by donating a new or gently used bear or funds to help with storage and shipping, contact Blare’s mom Lisa or ship your bears to the following drop off locations:

St. Thomas the Apostle School, 1429 Wilcox Park Drive SE, and at Lisa Gooch’s business, Hair Force, 1557 Michigan Ave. NE. in Grand Rapids, Michigan. You can also connect with Blare Gooch via Facebook for additional information.


About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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