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Celebrating 21 Years Of "Bear Hugs!"

It's our 21st Anniversary! This year, our award-winning Teddy Bears with Love program is celebrating 21 YEARS of bringing "bear hugs" to children across the country! 

In December of 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. Five hundred bears were collected and donated to charities in Connecticut. 

Today, and 20 years later, the Student Alumni Association, in conjunction with the Office of Alumni Relations, continues to proudly spearhead this effort. Thanks to the generosity of thousands of alumni, families, students, employees and friends of Fairfield University, OVER 23,000 bears and stuffed animals have been donated to dozens of children's hospitals not only in Connecticut, but across the country in cities like Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Manhattan, Newark, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. 

As we enter this year's drive, we need your help to make sure we once again can bring smiles to the faces of thousands of children across the country over the holidays and help us reach our goal of 1,100 bears/stuffed animals.

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 also drop off your bear to the Office of Alumni Relations on campus. Per hospital regulations, donations must have their original tags as to not inadvertently compromise the health of the recipients. We regrettably cannot accept gently used donations (even with original tags).  Please consider making your gently used donations to your local Goodwill or animal shelter. 

Below are the 2019 Collection Points. Thank you in advance for your generosity! Check back for updates! More locations will be added as they become available. 

BostonChicagoFairfield & Westchester County / Hartford / NYC / PhiladelphiaWashington, DC / Additional Opportunities


 

Boston

Charity: Boston Children's Hospital 

Boston Holiday Gathering
Saturday, December 7
3 p.m. 

Family Bowling Flatbread Company
45 Day Street
Boston, MA
*This year's collection will benefit Boston Children's Hospital in support of Conor Canavan, son of Michelle '12 & John Canavan '12. 

If you cannot join us and wish to donate a bear, please contact Maggie Smith '12, Boston Chapter President at margaret.smith921@gmail.com


Chicago

Charity: TBD

Chicago Chapter Holiday Gathering
Check back soon! Details to come! 

If you cannot join us and wish to donate a bear, please mail it to the Office of Alumni Relations at 1037 North Benson Road, Fairfield, CT 06824. 


Fairfield/Westchester 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, and more!

Annual Alumni Advent Mass & Reception with Santa!
Sunday, December 8
11 a.m. - Mass, Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola
Reception immediately following*
Bellarmine Hall
Fairfield University
*Time is approximately 12 noon. Reception will follow the 11 a.m. Mass at Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola

Men's Basketball vs. William & Mary
Sunday, December 8
2 p.m. 
Alumni Hall
Fairfield University
Fans are encouraged to bring a new, unused teddy bear or stuffed animal for the Teddy Bear Toss! Fans who wish to participate but cannot attend, can drop bears off to the Office of Alumni Relations until December 6. For tickets, click the link above. 

If you cannot join us at the event 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 by Friday, December 6. 


Hartford & Connecticut

Charity: Connecticut Children's Medical Center

Annual Alumni Advent Mass & Reception with Santa!
Sunday, December 2
11 a.m. - Mass, Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola
Reception immediately following*
Bellarmine Hall
Fairfield University
*Time is approximately 12 noon. Reception will follow the 11 a.m. Mass at Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola

Men's Basketball vs. William & Mary
Sunday, December 8
2 p.m. 
Alumni Hall
Fairfield University
Fans are encouraged to bring a new, unused teddy bear or stuffed animal for the Teddy Bear Toss! Fans who wish to participate but cannot attend, can drop bears off to the Office of Alumni Relations until December 6. For tickets, click the link above. 

Hartford Chapter Holiday Gathering
Tuesday, December 10 
6:30 - 8:30 p.m. 
Rizzuto's 
111 Memorial Road
West Hartford, CT 

If you cannot join us at the event 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 by Friday, December 7. 


NYC

Charities: Hour Children

Manhattan Chapter Holiday Gathering
Tuesday, December 3
6 - 8 p.m. 

The Supply House
1647 2nd Avenue
New York, NY

If you cannot join us and wish to donate a bear, please mail it to the Office of Alumni Relations at 1037 North Benson Road, Fairfield, CT 06824. 


Philadelphia

Charity: The Joseph Fund

Philadelphia Chapter Holiday Gathering
Thursday, December 5
6 - 8 p.m. 

P.J. Clarke's (At The Curtis)
601 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA
*In addition to teddy bears, we will also be collecting children's books and items of clothing to help keep kids warm this winter. All donations will go to children in Camden, N.J. through The Joseph Fund. 

If you cannot join us and wish to donate a bear, please mail it to the Office of Alumni Relations at 1037 North Benson Road, Fairfield, CT 06824. 


Washington, DC

Charity: TBD

Washington, DC Chapter Holiday Gathering
Tuesday, December 10
6  - 8 p.m. 

Home of Philip '65 & Therese Ellsworth
3320 Rowland Place, NW
Washington, DC

If you cannot join us and wish to donate a bear, please mail it to the Office of Alumni Relations at 1037 North Benson Road, Fairfield, CT 06824. 


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 to arrive by Friday, December 6.


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. We would be happy to provide you with official marketing materials to display in your place of business/school. 

If you have any questions regarding Teddy Bears with Love, please contact
Student Alumni Association Directors of Community Service
Chloe Stokinger '22 at
fairfieldteddybears@gmail.com
or
Colleen McGinn
SAA Adviser and Director of Alumni Engagement
(203) 254-4280

Happy Holidays!

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