Teddy Bears with Love

Celebrating 19 Years of "Bear Hugs!"

This year, our award-winning Teddy Bears with Love program is celebrating 19 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. Five hundred 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 its 19th year, thanks to the generosity of thousands of alumni, families, students, employees and friends of Fairfield University, nearly 20,000 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. 

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.

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. We regretably cannot accepted gently used donations. Hospital regulations require donations to have tags, in order to ensure they are new for the health of the recipients. Please consider making your gently used donations to your local Goodwill or animal shelter. 

Below are the 2017 Collection Points. Thank you in advance for your generosity! More locations will be added as they become available. 

BostonChicagoFairfield County / Hartford / Manhattan / New Jersey / Philadelphia / San FranciscoWashington, DC / Additional Opportunities


Boston

Collection/Chapter Contacts: Carolyn Cuteri '09

Charities: Franciscan Children's Hospital 

Boston Chapter Holiday Gathering
Tuesday, December 12
7 - 9 p.m. 

Game On
82 Lansdowne Street
Boston, MA

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


Chicago

Collection/Chapter Contact: Mike Carroll '01

Charities: Catholic Charities of Chicago 

Chicago Chapter Holiday Gathering
Friday, December 1
6 - 8 p.m. 
Wilmette Wine Cellar
1100 Central Ave., B.
Wilmette, IL 

Wilmette Wine Cellar is a Fairfield alumni-owned business! Free wine tastings will be provided to all in attendance! Light appetizers will be available. 

If you cannot join us at the events and wish to donate a bear to the Chicago Chapter Collection, please contact Mike 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, and more!

Annual Alumni Advent Mass & Reception with Santa!
Sunday, December 3
12 noon*

Bellarmine Hall
Fairfield University
*Time is approximate. Reception will follow the 11 a.m. Mass at Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola

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 8. 


Hartford & Connecticut

Collection/Chapter Contact: Bob Fiondella '89, P'20 

Charity: 
Connecticut Children's Medical Center

Annual Alumni Advent Mass & Reception with Santa!
Sunday, December 3
12 noon*

Bellarmine Hall
Fairfield University
*Time is approximate. Reception will follow the 11 a.m. Mass at Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola

Hartford Chapter Holiday Gathering
Thursday, December 7
6 - 8 p.m. 
Bears
25 Front Street
Hartford, CT 

If you cannot join us at the event and wish to donate a bear to the Hartford Chapter Collection, please contact Bob directly via the e-mail link above. Bears may also be dropped off at Alumni House on campus by Friday, December 8. 


Manhattan

Collection/Chapter Contact: Mariano Portocarrero '15

Charities: Hour Children

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

The Supply House
1647 2nd Avenue
New York, NY
*Bring a bear and receive a free beer or glass of wine! Thanks to our host and Supply House owner Bob Gillin '92! 

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


New Jersey

Collection/Chapter Contact: Siena Epps '13

Charities: Overlook Hospital

New Jersey Chapter Holiday Gathering
Thursday, December 14

6 - 9 p.m. 
Coopers Union
104 Hudson Street
Hoboken, NJ

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


San Francisco

Collection/Chapter Contact: Charlie Knights '12 

Charity: UCSF Children's Hospital

San Francisco Holiday Gathering
Thursday, December 14
5:30 - 8:30 p.m. 
Press Lounge
20 Yerba Buena Lane
San Francisco, CA

If you cannot join us at the event, but still wish to donate a bear to the San Francisco Collection, please contact Charlie directly via the e-mail link above. 


Philadelphia

Collection/Chapter Contact: Steve Donovan '96

Charities: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Philadelphia Chapter Alumni Advent Mass & Reception with Fr. Charles Allen, S.J. 
11 a.m. 

Chapel of St. Joseph 
St. Joseph's University
5600 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA

If you cannot join us at these events, but still wish to donate a bear to the Philadelphia Chapter's Collection, please contact Steve directly via the e-mail link above. 


Washington, DC

Collection/Chapter Contact: Katelyn Estrich '07

Charities: TBD

Washington, DC Chapter Holiday Gathering
Wednesday, December 13
6  - 8 p.m. 

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

If you cannot join us at the event, but still wish to donate a bear to the Washington, DC Chapter Collection, please contact Katelyn directly via the e-mail link above. 


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 8.


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
Kara Brewer '19 & Chelsea Proehl '20 at
fairfieldteddybears@gmail.com
or
Colleen McGinn
SAA Adviser and Director of Alumni Engagement
(203) 254-4280

Happy Holidays!

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