Category Archives: Gift-A-Bear Recipients

021113: Military Child Salute – Maelin Parkison

Greetings from General Sarge HQ!

It’s been awhile since we’ve posted or have been able to do one of our weekly Military Child Salutes. There’s been a lot of changes going on around General Sarge Headquarters, all of them very exciting! I will talk more about these changes in future posts because this post is dedicated to this week’s Military Child Salute – a little girl named Maelin Parkison whose Navy Daddy is coming home very soon from a deployment to Afghanistan.

Look at that smile! Isn’t she a cutie?

Maelin was nominated for our Military Child Salute because “she misses and loves her Daddy very much” and we know she is beary excited that he is coming home so soon! Maelin is currently living in Michigan, but she will soon be moving back to Norfolk, VA, where her daddy is stationed, when he returns from deployment. 

We also found out that Maelin’s daddy is originally from Newark, NY – which is where my human-owners parents just moved from – and because of that we decided to send Maelin one of our Rochester Knighthawks autographed bears that they built and stuffed with love for us here at General Sarge HQ.

The Rochester Knighthawks posing with General Sarge and Giggles, one of the bears they built and donated to General Sarge HQ.

As you can see, Giggles is a Navy bear just like Maelin’s daddy is in the Navy and he was built by the players full of love and fun. With a name like Giggles, you know that you will be laughing all the time whenever he is around. 

Maelin, we are very proud of your strength and courage here at General Sarge Headquarters. Thank you for being a great military child and we know that you will continue to do great things as you grow up. We salute you!

Two Paws Up!


General Sarge

011912: Saluting A Wounded Hero!

Saluting A Wounded Hero – SFC Jeffrey Hackett
January 19, 2012

As you know one of the main things we do here at General Sarge HQ is deploy teddy bears to military children through our Gift-A-Bear Campaign. Our vision statement is “Comforting Military Families One Furry Friend At A Time”. Furry friends are the best and of course you know we’re also very huggable.  A few weeks we received an email from someone asking if we deploy teddy bears only to children. Of course we responded saying…

“We deploy teddy bears to any military family needing comfort and encouragement”. 

011912 Wounded Hero - SFC Hackett Recovery

Image by drrus2000 via Flickr

With that in mind today we are proud and honored to recognize a Wounded Hero from FT. Drum, New York.

Please say hello to SFC Jeffrey Hackett who joined the Army in 1995. SFC Hackett is assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Stability Transition Team stationed out of Fort Drum.

SFC Hackett lost his leg above the knee and was shot twice in the side and neck during an IED roadside bomb attack in Iraq on August 15, 2011.  He’s undergone multiple surgeries to attempt some reconstruction of his right arm and shoulder and still has a number of surgeries ahead of him for other wounds sustained in the attack.

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