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IOWA STRONG: The Great Teddy Bear Hunt

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (KWWL) -- All across Iowa and the US, stuffed animals are resting in windows as a sign of unity amid the coronavirus crisis.

"It's mainly like an everyday thing to see a bear now," said Elise Parsons, 7, of Cedar Falls. She and her family puts bears in their windows after seeing others do it as well.

"I got inspired by my cousins cause they were putting bears and rainbows in their windows," Parsons said.

Scattered in windows all over the Hawkeye State, the stuffed animals vary in size, species, color, and even career choices.

"She's a ballerina. She's a prima ballerina who just happens to be a bear," said Annie Rayzors, 7, of Cedar Falls, as she held her bear, 'Sweetie.'

Her younger sister, Harris, who's almost 4, held a similar bear named 'Tights.'

"He's a bear," Harris said plainly when asked what he was.

Nine year-old Zoey Berger, Cedar Falls, took lots of photos on her bear hunt, but her favorite fuzzy friend resides at home.

"I named him 'Love,'" Berger said. "When we got it, there was a heart attached to it and it said love."

Hunting for bears brings lots of smiles for the kids and a little hope for the adults.

"It just makes you feel like you're connected to other kids and families in the area," said Zoey's mother, Erin.

Down the street, Sally Rayzors agrees with her neighbor.

"We really like the idea that we're all in this together. When you see in the window you think 'yeah, they get it," Razyors said.

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Taylor Vessel

Multimedia Reporter

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