After battling and defeating cancer, Conway resident Wendy Danner was looking for a way "just to give back to the world."

She found her calling in a teddy bear.

For nearly 20 years, Danner has donated handmade bears to police and firefighters to give to victims in need as part of Charitable Wendy Bears. This year, she added residents at Heritage Living Center to her Christmas list.

Each resident at the center received a bear as part of a holiday gift. In all, Danner donated 106 handmade bears to the residents at Heritage Living Center.

Danner, along with Julie Crown, delivered the bears to each resident during the Christmas visit.

Heritage Living Center social director Regina Taylor said residents could really appreciate the gift during the holiday season.

"They really love the generosity and saw how much time it took to make each bear," Taylor said. "It really helps because it reminds them of their family and kids and grandkids or maybe when they were kids and had homemade bears."

As part of their homemade touch, each bear comes with a paw print.

According to Danner, the signature print started as a accident, but she liked it enough to buy a stamp and include the design on every bear.

"It just kind of happened," Danner said.

Danner is a 37-year cancer survivor and moved to Conway from Indianapolis after her husband relocated for a job.

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