College Grad Creates ‘QuaranTine Bear’ to Help Children Cope With COVID-19


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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Children across the county are getting help coping with coronavirus with the “QuaranTine Bear,” or “QT Bear,” created by a Connecticut college student. 

WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reports college senior and dance teacher Olivia Carlson was left unemployed when Connecticut’s stay-at-home order closed the dance studio where she worked. However, she quickly found herself worrying about her students.

The 22-year-old said she worried about how they were coping with learning from home and how they were adjusting.

Carlson thought teddy bears may help.

“My dad passed away about a year and a half ago and before he passed away, we got bears together from Build-A-Bear actually. His bear is buried with him, but I still have my bear and it brings me comfort when I am missing him,” she tells Haskell.

After the lockdown started, she began making teddy bears with matching masks for kids.

“I just felt that it would help them get through this whole quarantine process and help them to feel more comfortable wearing a mask,” she explains.

The response has been overwhelming and Carlson says she’s grateful she can help in some way.

“It makes me feel so good,” she said. 

Carlson, a recent graduate from Central Connecticut State University, has not launched a website yet but can be reached through Instagram at quarantinebear2020 or on Facebook.

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