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Annual Teddy Bear Drive in full-swing



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Donations are still needed for the annual Teddy Bear Drive sponsored in part by the San Diego County Sheriff's Department. Photo courtesy of Ashley Jenkins
November 21, 2013
Nothing brings a smile to a child's face faster than a teddy bear according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department and that is why they chose to co-host the 23rd Annual San Diego Regional Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive with Escondido Police Department.

"The kids love it and it gives the residents of San Diego County a chance to make a difference in a child's life," said media relations officer Sammy Castanon.

Their goal is to collect at least 60,000 teddy bears that will be donated to Rady Children's Hospital during a special caravan from the USS Midway Museum in December.

"We'll get all the bears and on December 10 there will be a special breakfast for law enforcement at the museum," Castanon explained. "Following the breakfast there will be a caravan of law enforcement vehicles loaded with teddy bears making its way to Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego."

Castanon said the officers who take part will then deliver the teddy bears to each child who is a patient at Radys.

Every county courthouse and sheriff's station or substation in the county has a drop off box for the bears and are accessible during normal business hours. Valley Center residents can leave a teddy bear for the drive at the Valley Center location at 28201 N. Lake Wohlford Road. Bears will be accepted until Dec. 5.

"It's not too late to help," said Castanon. "I encourage everyone to get involved. Together we can help make a child's day."

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