In the heart of downtown Denver, just off Tremont and Colfax, there is a 106 year old firehouse that houses the Denver Firefighter’s Museum. During the first week of February, they host educational events for Burn Awareness Week, culminating in a Free Day at the museum. During this, firefighters and museum personnel use teddy bears to demonstrate proper first aid and other techniques to children.
Jim Black Construction donated extra funds and a little manpower to Share Denver to assist in their annual quest to make as many teddy bears as possible for the museum’s events. Money went towards extra fabric and stuffing for bears, as well as extra food for the numerous crafters. From noon until 4 pm on January 31st, attendees armed with scissors, sewing machines, stuffing, and needles, broke into assembly line style groups in an attempt to complete as many bears as possible in preparation for the museum’s February 6th busy free day. JBC Communications Coordinator, Selena Thiele, was on-hand cutting bear shaped patterns out of the various brightly colored fabrics. She wanted to have a total count of the bears she cut out, but “lost track somewhere in the 20s.”
Per Share Denver’s Facebook post, the dedicated group managed to churn out 162 teddy bears in four hours, which averages to 40.5 bears per hour. Pretty impressive for seven sewing machines and a bunch of dedicated crafters! We were so delighted with how the project turned out and to have been a part of supporting the Denver Firefighter’s Museum during Burn Week.
Check out Share Denver’s photos from the event via the link to their Facebook and more of our photos below!