Groton Residents Drop Off Teddy Bears To Comfort Newtown Children

Operation Snuggle's location in Groton is Frogeez Frozen Yogurt, across from Big Y.

When Greg Kosma arrived to open Frogeez Frozen Yogurt in Groton on Tuesday, people were already waiting with stuffed bears.

“It’s been great,” he said of

She wanted to do something for the children who suffered through the horror of the Newtown school shootings, but she felt helpless. Then she had an idea; collect stuffed animals to give the children, and set up drop-off locations at local businesses.

Frogeez in Groton is one. On Tuesday, the front of the store contained a collection of teddy bears of all sizes and colors: Brown, black, white, pink, blue and green. One bear had a sealed note attached.

Kosma said people have also been building bears at the Build-A-Bear workshop at Crystal Mall in Waterford, then bringing them to his store in the mall. He has about 15 there now in addition to the stack in Groton.

There’s still plenty of time to pick up a bear. Here’s a list of locations:

Operation Snuggle Newtown Drop-Offs


  • Anytime Fitness, 2020 Norwich New London Tpk, Uncasville
  • Pennell's Auto Center, 341 Norwich New London Turnpike (Route 32), Uncasville
  • Shear Timing Hair Salon - 126 Rt. 32 Uncasville

Old Saybrook

  • New England Alliance Mortgage- 44 Pond Road, #100 Old Saybrook
  • Saybrook Point Inn- 2 Bridge Road, Old Saybrook
  • SWAG- 117 Main Street, Old Saybrook
  • Apple Rehab- 1775 Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook
  • New England Alliance Mortgage 44 Pond Road Old Saybrook


  • The French Hen- 16 Main Street, Essex

North Branford

  • 9 Round Fitness-280 Branford Road, North Branford


  • Comfort Keepers- 722 Village Walk, Guilford
  • Sachem Card & Party Shop 946 Boston Post Road Guilford


  • ABC's Gymnastics Stars, 40 Industrial Park Road, Niantic 
  • Ardonn Boutique, 271 Main Street, Niantic
  • Anytime Fitness, 17 Liberty Way, Niantic
  • Barry's Cleaners, 79 Pennsylvania Avenue, Niantic
  • Gumdrops & Lollipops, 334 Main Street, Niantic
  • Main Street Grille,  252 Main Street, Niantic
  • Miss Nikki's 5,6,7,8 Dance, Midway Plaza, 170 Flanders Road, Niantic
  • CLT Photo, Midway Plaza, 170 Flanders Road, Niantic

East Lyme

  • Barry's Cleaner's,  308 Flanders Road, East Lyme
  • Best of Everything Country Gourmet, 214 Flanders Road, East Lyme
  • Flanders Fish Market & Restaurant, 22 Chesterfield Road, East Lyme
  • William Raveis Real Estate 339 Flanders Road East Lyme


  • Angel Haven, Olde Mistick Village, 27 Coogan Blvd, Mystic (They will also donate 100 angel pins for the kids)
  • Bank Square Books, 53 West Main Street, Mystic (They will donate books too and will be asking for books in addition to bears.)
  • CMPS Marketing, 12 Roosevelt Avenue, Mystic
  • Four Paws Veterinary Services, 151 Cowhill Rd, Mystic
  • Fantasia Salon, 1 Forsythe St., Mystic
  • The Mystic Fire District 34 Broadway, Mystic


  • Frogeez Frozen Yogurt - Crystal Mall Upper Level near Macys, Waterford
  • Ivy's Simply Homemade, 316 Boston Post Road, Waterford
  • Waterford VFW Post 6573 352 Boston Post Rd Waterford
  • Sava Insurance Group, 750 Broad Street Ext., Waterford


  • Frogeez Frozen Yogurt, 985 East Poquonnock Road, (Big Y Plaza), Groton
  • Assist-2-Sell/Stebbins Buyers & Sellers Realty 178 Bridge Street Groton

Gales Ferry

  • i5 Teaching Network, 18 Hurlbutt Road, (at the Gales Ferry Community Center, Rear), Gales Ferry


  • Mel's Downtown Creamery, 37 West Broad Street, Pawcatuck
  • Christos Pizza, 37 South Broad Street, Pawcatuck

New London

  • Pinc! A Unique Boutique, 52 State Street, New London
  • Barry's Cleaners, 565 Colman Street, New London

Old Lyme

  • Salon Pure, 11 Halls Road, Old Lyme
  • All Pro Automotive, 147 Boston Post Rd. Old Lyme


  • Mr. D's, 50 N Main St.,Wallingford


  • Ryder's On Main, 467 W. Main St. Meriden


  • W.S. Clancy Funeral Home, 244 N. Main St., Branford
  • Studio B Brow Bar, 131 Montowese St., Branford
  • Physical Fitness Lakeview Plaza, 249 West Main Street, Branford


  • Amato's Toy & Hobby, 396 Main St., Middletown


  • FUN, Stonington

East Hampton

  • Paul's & Sandy's Too 93 East High St East Hampton

East Haven

  • Atlas Chiropractic, 370 Hemingway Ave., East Haven In the Trolley Square/ Stop & Shop Plaza
  • Leasing Office at Hemingway Place Apartments 99 Hemingway Ave East Haven
  • Classic Touch Salon, 199 Main St, East Haven


  • Tidewater Inn 949 Boston Post Rd, Madison


  • Christo Jewelers @ 215 East Main St. in the Stop n Shop Plaza in Clinton
  • Milone Chiropractic Center 69 East Main Street Clinton
  • Sweetwater Farm 78 Killingworth Turnpike, Clinton


  • Tastefully Simple - Kathy & Mikaela Narciso 26 Hanover Versailles Road Baltic


  • Alan's Small Engine Service 112 Bridge Road Haddam

North Haven

  • Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage 24 Washington Avenue North Haven


  • Whippersnapper's Play Gym, 360 Sandbank Road, Cheshire



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