In the spirit of giving, Holly Hill Childcare and Learning Center of Orange has been very busy this holiday season collecting teddy bears and other stuffed animals for the 17th annual “Teddy Bears with Love” drive.
Thanks to the generosity of the students of Holly Hill, their parents, our staff, Ann Marie & Jim’s Cleaning Service, and countless Orange residents, 129 stuffed animals were collected. The response from residents after reading the newspaper article asking for bears was overwhelming. From one woman’s Thanksgiving guests who brought “a bear” to dinner, to the young gentleman who brought us the most beautiful Teddy Bear with cub that played “You can count on me” to the lovely Bethany woman who hand crocheted 4 beautiful bears – and believe it or not, her name is Candy Cain!
All of these bears will be given to children to snuggle with in Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, and other local hospitals over this holiday season.
This project is the brain-child of the Fairfield University Student Alumni and since its inception seventeen years ago, the “Teddy Bear with Love” drive has put smiles on the faces of thousands of children in area hospitals and facilities. We hope this helps make their holidays bright!
Pictured are some of the students at Holly Hill Childcare along with Infant Teachers Paula Curry (left), Sue Puhl (kneeling), Assistant Director Debbie Fedorko (right ) and Pre-School Teacher Kristie Labacz (far right).