Teddy Bear Drive
The Regional Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Committee hosts a year of collecting new teddy bears for sick and injured children who visit San Diego’s Children’s Hospital. Each year the drive collects over 75,000 bears to brighten the day of sick and injured children visiting San Diego’s Children’s Hospital. All Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies in San Diego County participate in the drive, which culminates in December when a large caravan of police vehicles will leave the San Diego Sheriff’s Department rolling Code 3 sirens and lights wailing before arriving at Children’s Hospital.
The Teddy Bear Drive began in 1991 when Coronado Officer Brian Hardy delivered a single carload of teddy bears to the hospital. Now, the drive collects new teddy bears and money donations throughout the year from the public at special events. Over 75 law enforcement vehicles from across the Southern California area, lead by the Chargers “Bolt Patrol” van, filled with teddy bears will arrive at Children’s to the cheers of children, staff, and families. The players and officers will then personally deliver these magical gifts to the young patients, during the Annual Teddy Bear Drive.
The public can donate new teddy bears at the front counter of any Sheriff’s Station in San Diego County. The Regional Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Committee is also looking for businesses or groups who would be interested in assisting them in the collection of new teddy bears throughout the year as well as business sponsors that could help defray promotional costs for the ongoing events of the drive.
The caravan delivers the Teddy Bears to Rady’s Children Hospital the second week of December each year,. All of the sheriff’s storefront offices and stations collect bears. As the holidays approach, feel free to drop a new stuffed animal off anytime before the caravan.