Operation Teddy Bear Needs Donations

(Cleveland) - Some police officers and firefighters are asking for your help to make the holiday season nicer for children who may be in the hospital or elsewhere away from home this time of year.

Sgt. Brent Lytton of the Case Western Reserve University Department of Public Safety told WTAM News that "Operation Teddy Bear" started as an informal project in 2017, and they're bringing it back post-pandemic.

The program essentially raises money to purchase teddy bears that are distributed to UH Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, and Providence House. The goal is to raise $2,500, which can buy 100 bears from Build-a-Bear. 50 of the bears will be dressed as police officers, the other 50 as firefighters.

Members of the Cleveland Division of Fire and the University Hospitals Medical Center Police Department are helping the CWRU Division of Public Safety with the fundraising, and the distribution of the teddy bears.

You can make a donation through PayPal or your credit card at this link.

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