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 20th annual “Teddy Bears with Love” drive.
Thanks to the generosity of the students of Holly Hill and their parents, staff, Ann Marie & Jim’s Cleaning Service and John and Mike Bakis of Twin Electric, 94 stuffed animals were collected. A lovely woman from Bethany whose real name is Candy Cain (no, we are not kidding!) hand crocheted 4 beautiful bears for our drive again this year.
All these bears will be given to children to snuggle with in Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital this holiday season.
This project is the brain-child of the Fairfield University Student Alumni and since its inception twenty years ago, the “Teddy Bears with Love” drive has put smiles on the faces of thousands of children in area hospitals and facilities. We are proud to say this is our 9th year participating. We hope these gifts helped to make their holiday bright!
Pictured here are some of the students at Holly Hill Childcare along with (far left) Debbie Manson Fedorko, Managing Director of the center and (far right) Maria Detullio-Tomac, pre-school teacher