FEB 2021  
Hungary's ‘Teddy Bear Mama' Sets New Record

Growing up, we all loved our teddy bears. They acted no less than our companions and friends. But imagine having over 20,000 teddy bears around you to hug? Hungary’s Valeria Schmidt is doing just that with her collection after the ongoing pandemic prevented her from distributing them to children. Nicknamed ‘Teddy Bear Mama’, 62-year-old Schmidt has been collecting these stuffed toys for over 40 years now and broke the Hungarian record for the largest collection of teddy bears with her 13,000 stuffed friends. In 2019, Schmidt entered the Guinness Book of Records for the largest collection of 20,367 teddy bears. She gives away her collection to nurseries, pre-schools and children of poor families along with conducting exhibitions at children’s institutions, where the young ones can come and play with the toys.

Source: https://www.news18.com/