On Monday, June 11th at 10 a.m. Gary Buchanan, an AT&T retiree, along with the AT&T Tennessee Pioneers, who are a network of volunteers who effect immediate, positive change in the Nashville Community will present 200 Hug-A-Bears to Sheriff Jeff Long from the Williamson County Sheriff’s Department.

The original Pioneers Hug-A-Bear rolled off the Pioneers assembly line and into the arms of ailing children in hospitals. Pioneers keep police, fire and emergency units stocked with these hand-made bears to be used when children are involved in traumatic situations. Pioneers continue to sew bears today.

Over the last 20 years, the AT&T Pioneers have made more than 18,000 Hug-A-Bears for agencies that deal with children in horrific situations. The Hug-A-Bears have been provided to the Nashville Children’s Alliance, Davis House, the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Metro Nashville Police and Fire, Williamson County EMT, TWRA, 911 Bears for Schools in Nashville/Williamson County and more.

Pioneers volunteer 15 million hours of service moving those in need from adversity to achievement. With 620,000 Telephone Pioneers nation-wie, made u of several telecom companies – representing 82 chapters, Pioneers remain the largest industry-related volunteer organization.