Awww, this is a sweet story. Bartell Drugs, based in the Puget Sound area of Washington State, is giving out “bear hugs” to children in stressful or traumatic situations. It’s all part of the “Teddy Bear Patrol” campaign, now through March 30.
All 58 Bartell locations are accepting teddy bears donations. The annual drive puts teddy bears in the hands of community police departments, hospitals and emergency response teams. They can give the bears to children and comfort them during challenging situations.
In the past several years, Bartell’s has collected over 74,000 bears for this cause.
• Purchase an official “Bartell Bear” for $7 and Bartell Drugs will donate a second bear to the campaign
• Donate a new or gently used bear, under 12 inches
For more information on the program and nearby Bartell Drugs locations, visit the Bartell Drug’s website.