With Her All The Way: USO Hawaii Helps Girl Replace Threadbare Bear


Lana Griffin clutches her old and new Cuzzie Bears at a USO Hawaii area office. USO photo

You can only sew up a bear so many times.

That’s the dilemma one Hawaii-based family had when their daughter’s Cuzzie bear – a staple of Comfort Crew “With You All The Way” deployment kits – was hanging together by its last threads.

The Griffin family received the bear in a kit given to their son, Lucas, while living near USO Yokosuka in Japan. Their daughter, Lana, inherited the bear from her older brother and has toted it around the Pacific ever since.

Lana’s mother, Shawna, had been searching for a replacement for the bear, but couldn’t find one for a reasonable cost. The family eventually called USO Hawaii and explained the situation.

The staff at the USO dug out a new Cuzzie and had it waiting when Lana and her family arrived at the center.

“Seeing firsthand how meaningful USO programs are to our military families and the comfort they provide was so touching. It was truly a full-circle moment,” said USO Hawaii Programs Manager Kristin Tierney. “We often don’t get to share these moments with those we touch, and hearing the impact that Cuzzie Bear has had on this family just solidifies why we do what we do.”

You can read more about the significance of the Cuzzie bear here.

In other news around the USO:

  • USO Fort Drum was named the Greater Watertown-North County Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year in the “nonprofit, 50 or fewer employees” category.

–Story by USO Story Development

“My Boys” Take Their Comedy Tour to USO Yokosuka

"1900? Gonna be tough to do unless we time travel. Reminds me of Spinal Tap where Nigel just can't figure out the time on base." -Jamie Kaler (Photo courtesy of http://jamiekaler.posterous.com)

Actors Jamie Kaler & Michael Bunin of TBS’ hit show “My Boys” are currently on a USO Comedy Tour and Jamie is blogging about the experience.  Check out the latest:

“Mike and I get a tour of the USO in Yokosuka, Japan. Great organization and your donations are much appreciated by the troops. It definitely makes it easier for the sailors to be away from home and family. And I can tell you from being here for one day that anything that helps these guys keep in touch with the states is money well spent.”