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Teddy bears on display at Mesa’s Iowa Cafe show post-9/11 spirit of unity

Posted by on September 9, 2011 – 4:56 pm

Fred Greenspan Teddy Bears (Tim Hacker, East Valley Tribune)

Fred Greenspan recalls the day he was leaving his New York offices in 2001 when a truck pulled down the street.

“I’m looking for Tylin Promotions,” the driver told him.

Greenspan, president and executive director of Tylin, didn’t know of any pending delivery. But inside the truck were 1,000 teddy bears, donated by a Wal-mart in Iowa to B.R. Miller Middle School in Marshalltown. The students at the Iowa school wanted to help the families of victims of the Sept. 11 attacks on New York City’s World Trade Center. At the time, Tylin was coordinating some of the efforts to assist the families in New York. The company has since moved its offices to Arizona.

Parents who want to share a bit of how the country came together in the days and weeks after the terrorist attacks on the U.S. 10 years ago can take their children to The Iowa Café in Mesa. There, a few of the still wrapped teddy bears, donning red, white and blue ribbons, are on display. Also on display are handwritten signs from the students in Iowa.

The café is located at 5606 E McKellips Road in Mesa.

East Valley Tribune photo by Tim Hacker


  • JackieH says:

    That’s just sweet. Let us remember the persons who extended help during the 9/11 incident. Everyone grieved for the lost, but now we have learned a lot from that event. So, let us reminisce the acts of love from those who provided aide as well as the prayers of the world.