Teddy Bears with Love

Celebrating 15 Years of "Bear Hugs!"

This year, we are celebrating 15 YEARS of bringing "bear hugs" to children across the country! 

In 1999, the Office of Alumni Relations at Fairfield University kicked-off what would come to be known as the annual "Teddy Bears with Love" Drive. Alumni across the country were asked to donate new, unused teddy bears to be donated to local children's charities at the holidays. 500 Bears were collected and donated to charities in Connecticut. 

Today, the Student Alumni Association, in conjunction with the Office of Alumni Relations, continues to proudly spearhead this effort. Now entering it's 15th year, thanks to the generosity of thousands of alumni, families, students, employees, and friends of Fairfield University, over 16,000 bears and stuffed animals have been donated to dozens of charities not only in Connecticut, but across the country in cities like Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Manhattan, Newark, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. Last year alone, over 1,100 bears and stuffed animals were distributed. 

As we look ahead to 2014, we need your help to make sure we once again are able to bring smiles to the faces of thousands of children across the country over the holidays...

Please consider donating a new, unused teddy bear or stuffed animal to our drive. You can donate to a local collection point in your area (listed below) or send one to the Office of Alumni Relations. Deadlines will vary by city. You may drop off your bear to the Office of Alumni Relations. We regretably cannot accepted gently used donations as hospital regulations require donations have tags, in order to ensure they are new for health of the recipients. 

Below are the 2014 Collection Points. Thank you in advance for your generosity! More locations will be added as they become available. 

Boston / Chicago / Fairfield County / Hartford / Manhattan / New Jersey / Philadelphia / Washington, D.C. / Additional Opportunities


Boston

Collection/Chapter Contact: Katherine McGuirk '09

Charity: Children's Hospital Boston

Stags vs. Northeastern Pre-Game Gathering
Saturday, November 29, 2014
1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. 
The Squealing Pig
134 Smith Street
Boston, MA

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Beantown Pub
100 Tremont Street
Boston, MA

If you cannot join us at the event and wish to donate a bear to the Boston Chapter Collection, please contact Katie directly via the e-mail link above.


Chicago

Collection/Chapter Contact: Michael Carroll '01

Charity: TBD

Chicago Chapter Holiday Gathering
Sunday, December 14
12 noon
Firewater Saloon
6689 N. Oliphant Ave.
Chicago, IL

If you cannot join us at the event and wish to donate a bear to the Chicaog Chapter Collection, please contact Michael directly via the e-mail link above.

 



Fairfield County & Connecticut

Collection/Chapter Contact: Office of Alumni Relations

Charities: Yale New Haven Children's Hospital, St. Vincent's Hospital, Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Bridgeport Hospital, ABCD Bridgeport, and more!

Fairfield Stags vs. Manhattan
Friday, December 5

7:30 p.m. 
Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard
Bridgeport, Conn. 
Bring a bear and get in FREE! (Bears exchanged for tickets at the door. One bear = one ticket.)

Annual Alumni Advent Mass & Reception with Santa!
Sunday, December 7
11 a.m.

Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola
Fairfield University
Reception will follow Mass at Alumni House

If you cannot join us at the events and wish to donate to Teddy Bears with Love, all bears may be dropped off to the Office of Alumni Relations in the Alumni House on campus at Fairfield. 


Hartford & Connecticut

Collection/Chapter Contact: Amanda Teti '07 

Charities: St. Francis Hospital

Fairfield Stags vs. Monmouth 
Friday, December 5

7:30 p.m. 
Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard
Bridgeport, Conn. 
Bring a bear and get in FREE! (Bears exchanged for tickets at the door. One bear = one ticket.)

Annual Alumni Advent Mass & Reception with Santa!
Sunday, December 7
11 a.m. 

Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola
Fairfield University
Reception will follow Mass at Alumni House

Hartford Chapter Holiday Gathering
Thursday, December 11
5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Arch Street Tavern
85 Arch Street
Hartford, CT

If you cannot join us at the event and wish to donate a bear to the Hartford Chapter Collection, please contact Amanda directly via the e-mail link above.


Manhattan

Collection/Chapter Contact: Lisa LaGratta '95, MBA'04

Charities: Hour Children

Manhattan Chapter Holiday Gathering
Wednesday, December 3
6 p.m. - 9 p.m. 

The Lodge Club (Formerly Pour George)
35 West 8th Street
New York, NY 

If you cannot join us at the event, but still wish to donate a bear to the Manhattan Chapter Collection, please contact Chapter President Lisa LaGratta '95, MBA'04 via the e-mail link above. 


New Jersey

Collection/Chapter Contact: Alison Miller '06

Charity: Overlook Hospital Pediatric Unit

New Jersey Chapter Holiday Gathering
Monday, December 8
6 p.m. - 8 p.m. 
The Office Bar
61 Union Place
Summit, NJ 

If you cannot join us at the event, but still wish to donate a bear to the New Jersey Chapter Collection, please contact Alison Miller '06 via the e-mail link above. 


Philadelphia

Collection/Chapter Contact: Caitlin Russell '02

Charity: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Philadelphia Chapter Holiday Gatherings
Wednesday, December 17
5 p.m. - 7 p.m. 
Green Parrott
240 N. Sycamore Street
Newtown, PA

Thursday, December 18 
6 p.m. - 8 p.m. 

Great American Pub
4 West Wayne Avenue
Wayne, PA

If you cannot join us at the event, but still wish to donate a bear to the Philadelphia Chapter Collection, please contact Caitlin Russell via the e-mail link above. 


Washington, D.C. 

Collection/Chapter Contact: Katelyn Estrich '07

Charity: The Children's Inn at NIH

Washington, DC Chapter Holiday Gatherings
Wednesday, December 10
6 p.m. - 8 p.m. 
The Front Page
1333 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036


Additional Donation Opportunities

At this time, if there is not a scheduled collection event in your local area or you cannot attend your area's event, you can still participate in our Collection by sending your donation(s) directly to Fairfield.

Bears can be mailed to the Student Alumni Association at:
Office of Alumni Relations
Alumni House
Fairfield University
1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, CT 06824
ATTN: Teddy Bears with Love Collection

If donating to Fairfield directly, please mail all bears by Friday, December 12.
Bears can also be dropped off at the Office of Alumni Relations in Alumni House on campus. Office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. To schedule a drop-off during non-business hours, please call the Office in advance at (203) 254-4280. 

All bears donated via mail will be included in the Connecticut area charity/hospital drops. Please see Fairfield and Hartford area listings for charity names.



If you are interested in serving as a contact for your area, or would like to collect bears with your school, organization, and/or office, please e-mail us for more information and/or to be included in this listing.

If you have any questions regarding Teddy Bears with Love, please contact
Student Alumni Association Co-Directors of Community Service
Jackie Barden '15 & Jamie Held '17 at
FairfieldSAA@gmail.com
or
Colleen McGinn
SAA Adviser and Director of Young Alumni & Student Engagement
(203) 254-4280

Happy Holidays!