Operation Teddy Bear gives gifts, comfort to children of deployed parents

Published: Monday, June 16 2014 11:55 p.m. MDT

Updated: Tuesday, June 17 2014 6:30 a.m. MDT

Lindsey Gustafson talks with her two young girls, Brynlee and Kayten, as Operation Teddy Bear holds a party at the state Capitol on Monday, June 16, 2014, for children of the last unit sent to Afghanistan from Utah.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — The children of Utah's last National Guard unit deployed in Afghanistan were given teddy bears Monday, ready to record special messages from their parents.

The bears were presented at a party at the Utah Capitol through the Veterans of Foreign Wars' Operation Teddy Bear. Each bear came with a recorder that the child can use to record a call from his or her deployed parent.

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes gave the kids a tour of the Capitol, and costumed members of the 501st Legion Alpine Garrison stopped by for a visit.

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