The San Diego Regional Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive is a unique and compassionate program. The Teddy Bear Drive has developed into an annual event involving local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, the San Diego Chargers, and other sponsors. Each year, law enforcement agencies around San Diego County seek donations of stuffed animals through community events. At the end of the year, all the stuffed animals are delivered to Rady Children's Hospital by police caravan. Although it is called the Teddy Bear Drive, any type of new, unused stuffed animals are welcomed. Standard size stuffed animals that the children can hug and keep in their beds are greatly appreciated. Also remember there are children of all ages at the hospital, so new born and toddler stuffed animals are also needed. Please note that due to infection control among the recipients, donated items must be new and unused with the purchase tag still attached.
DROP OFF LOCATION FOR THE CITY HEIGHTS (MID CITY) AREA IS AT THE SAN DIEGO POLICE DEPARTMENT MID CITY SUBSTATION, 4310 LANDIS STREET, SAN DIEGO, CA, 92105.
Monetary donations are also accepted and enable organizers to purchase large quantities of stuffed animals at a discounted price from participating vendors and businesses. If you are interested in providing a monetary donation or for more information please contact Amanda Austin at Rady Children's Hospital or the host agency representative Officer Christine Sperry at Csperry@portofsandiego.org or 619-686-6501 ext 3731.