Vermont teddy bears for terrorist victims-Truth!
Vermont Teddy Bears for Children Affected by the Terrorist Attacks on September 11–Truth! but Now Over!
Summary of eRumor:
The Vermont Teddy Bear company is asking you to come to their site and pick out a bear to be sent to the children who lost loved ones in New York and Washington D.C. There is no cost to you and you are asked to write a message that will go along with the bear to a child.
This was an authentic campaign on the part of the Vermont Teddy Bear company, but the project is now over.
Many people thought that a bear was donated for each person who visited the website and chose one. According to the Vermont Teddy Bear folks, however, that would have been more than 150,000 bears because that is how many people participated through the site. Those who went to the web page saw that the company was giving away 500 Angel Bears, Police Bears, and Firefighter Bears and you could choose which of those three options your message would be sent with.
A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:
A special way to support those in need without financial cost to you.
Please take a moment to go to this website and send a FREE Teddy Bear (compliments of Vermont Teddy Bear Company) to the families and children who lost loved ones.
They will include a note that you write and the bear you pick out. Read below:
The Vermont Teddy Bear Company is donating Angel Bears, Police Bears and Firefighter Bears to all the families and children of the courageous firefighters, police officers, and rescue workers who lost their lives saving others.
All you have to do is log onto http://www.vermontteddybear.com and then click on Send Card of Compassion, pick which teddy bear you want to send along with your message.
After you type your note of sympathy, type in your name, city and state. That is all you have to do.
THERE IS NO CHARGE AT ALL. Again, they didn’t want to send these bear out with a company form letter instead they wanted to make it more personalized with a note of sympathy from people of the United States. I just thought you might want to help.
PLEASE FORWARD THIS TO AS MANY AS PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE.