Handmade bears bring comfort to others

Woman sews the seeds of solace

FRIENDS IN NEED—Roen turns old clothing into cuddly pals.
With a compassionate heart and skilled hands, Harlene Roen of Agoura Hills transforms worn clothing into huggable stuffed bears that carry special meaning.
Each handcrafted bear is made out of one or more articles of clothing that belonged to a person who died, to provide a lasting memory for their families.
“I love to give back at this time of my life, and I love to sew,” said Roen, a retired sales professional who worked in the se...

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