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Woman amassed collection of more than 8,000 teddy bears

  • Jackie Miley, of Rapid City, South Dakota had just one bear back in 2000 
  • The first stuffed animal is now joined by 8,025 other cuddly teddy bears
  • Her collection comes from all U.S. states and 29 countries

A teddy bear obsessed woman has been awarded a world record for her astounding collection of more than 8,000 stuffed toys. 

Jackie Miley, of Rapid City, South Dakota had just one bear back in 2000. 

The first stuffed animal, named ‘Grandma Jackie’ is now joined by a verified total of 8,025 other cuddly and comforting teddy bears in a house called Teddy Bear Town, bringing 68-year old Jackie the title of largest collection of teddy bears.

A teddy bear obsessed woman has been awarded a world record for her astounding collection of more than 8,000 stuffed toys

The bears come from all U.S. states and 29 countries.  

Visitors to her Teddy Bear Town collection can admire the collection and buy souvenirs at a teddy bear-themed gift shop.

‘I’m referring to it as a house of memories. I’ve got people’s very first bears. I’ve got bears in memories of people who passed away… It brings back childhood memories to a lot of them,’ Miley earlier told Fox News.

Jackie Miley, of Rapid City, South Dakota had just one bear back in 2000. The first stuffed animal, named 'Grandma Jackie' is now joined by a verified total of 8,025 other cuddly and comforting teddy bears

Jackie Miley, of Rapid City, South Dakota had just one bear back in 2000. The first stuffed animal, named ‘Grandma Jackie’ is now joined by a verified total of 8,025 other cuddly and comforting teddy bears

Her most meaningful bear is from an elementary school she attended in Minnesota.

The bear, which had a photo of Miley from the second grade pinned to the chest, was a surprise gift.

‘I was raised in foster homes and I don’t have a lot of childhood memorabilia, and that is the only picture I have of myself at the age of 7,’ she said.

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