Brittany’s Bears, a local program began by Gordon County resident Brittany Mincey, recently donated stuffed teddy bears to local area agencies for children in times of need.

Started when Brittany was a sophomore at Calhoun High School, the project was originally named “Give a Bear Because Brittany Cares.” Brittany’s goal is to shower children that are suffering from illness, and now, children who experience car wrecks and home fires, with love and a teddy bear.

Brittany has battled brain tumors for more than 20 years; in 1995 at six years of age, a teacher and family friend both noticed that her left eye had slightly turned in. Brittany visited several doctors over the spring of 1995 and within a month, had her first surgery to remove the brain tumor. Since that time, Brittany has had 10 surgeries with countless treatments and hospital stays.

The CHS HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) and their advisor, Lori Fisher, have collected stuffed animals, which have been donated to Brittany. Brittany, in turn, gave the animals to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Gordon Hospital and several public agencies who respond to emergency calls, such as the City of Calhoun Fire Department, Gordon County Fire & Rescue, Calhoun Police Department, Gordon County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia State Patrol and American Red Cross.

The Mincey family would like to thank the HOSA Club of Calhoun High School and Lori Fisher, Calhoun High School and their church family at Meadowdale Baptist Church for the generous donations that allows them to spread love to kids.