YORBA LINDA, Calif. — In the early weeks of California's statewide COVID-19 lockdown, Yorba Linda resident Laura Snyder came across a viral trend called bear hunt – in which people across the globe placed teddy bears in their windows to create a scavenger hunt for kids.
What You Need To Know
- Jerry and Laura Snyder raised three children in Yorba Linda
- Laura Snyder and her husband create a different storyline for their two extra-large teddy bears every day
- Photos of their bears are being shared all over the world
- Laura's friend helped her create a photo book that she is selling to raise funds for CHOC
Snyder, who loved the idea, thought the trend would last two weeks, three at the most.
Her only problem was that the two bears she had belonged to her children and did not fit in her living window. As a solution, she and her husband, Jerry Snyder, placed the bears outside.
"First, we put them on the chairs and then whatever we had in the garage," she said.
She comes up with a different scene for the bears every day. She draws inspiration from the weather, viral moments like Sen. Bernie Sanders' outfit on inauguration day, and her love for her rescued dogs.
As a mom and now grandmother, Laura Snyder said this was a chance to finally express her silly side.
"I didn't ever think that I would have an opportunity to do something important with it," she said.
With all the attention, Laura Snyder said she wants to make a difference, and with help from a friend, she is selling photo books of her bears' first 100 days in quarantine through the end of February. All the proceeds will help the Littlest Angel Guild's "To CHOC With Love Campaign," specifically to benefit the Thompson Autism Center and Palliative Care Unit at CHOC.
The last day to donate is Feb. 28, 2021.
"I get nothing from it. I do not expect anything. This is just something I could do," she said.
Snyder admits she knows she is not saving lives or sewing masks, but she hopes that her bears give people a chance to give themselves a break and a smile or two.
You can purchase her book online to help CHOC.