With Build-A-Bear help, teen makes hospital stays bear-able for others

TULSA WORLD | Jimmie Tramel

With Build-A-Bear help, teen makes hospital bear-able for others

Abby Jones gives a hug to a bear at the Build-A-Bear Workshop inside Woodland Hills Mall. IAN MAULE/Tulsa World
Abby Jones was on a mission when she and her mother ventured into the Build-A-Bear store at Woodland Hills Mall.

Jones, 13, is a frequent customer at Build-A-Bear workshops. She earns money for stuffed critters by doing chores like babysitting her sister, taking care of her dog, cleaning her room and vacuuming.

What should she buy this time?

Armed with $30, Abby explored the shelves and didn’t need much time to pick out a Chocolate Chunk Pup and a Lil Hazelnut Cub.

Abby, who seemed pleased with her selections, carried the pup and the cub to associate workshop manager Becca Nichols so the animals could be stuffed.

“You want to give the dog a hug and see how it feels?” Nichols asked.

“Give this a big bear hug and see how it feels.” Continue reading

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