Teddy Bears with Love

Celebrating 20 Years of "Bear Hugs!"

It's our 20th Anniversary! This year, our award-winning Teddy Bears with Love program is celebrating 20 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 19 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 20,000 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 milestone year, we need your help more than ever 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 regrettably cannot accept gently used donations.  Per hospital regulations, donations must have their original tags as to not inadvertently compromise the health of the recipients. Please consider making your gently used donations to your local Goodwill or animal shelter. 

Below are the 2018 Collection Points. Thank you in advance for your generosity! More locations will be added as they become available. 

Atlanta  / BostonChicagoFairfield County / Hartford / Manhattan / New JerseyPhiladelphia / San FranciscoWashington, DC / Additional Opportunities


Atlanta

Charity: Boys & Girls Club of Atlanta 

Atlanta Holiday Gathering
Thursday, December 6
6 - 8 p.m. 

Industry Tavern
3280 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 187
Atlanta, GA 

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. 


Boston

Charity: Franciscan Children's Hospital

Boston Holiday Gathering
Tuesday, December 11
7 - 9 p.m. 

Game On - Fenway
82 Lansdowne Street
Boston, MA

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. 


Chicago

Charity: Catholic Charities of Chicago 

Chicago Chapter Holiday Gathering
Sunday, December 2
11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.  
Join us as we cheer on the Bears vs. the Giants!
Kickoff is 12 noon
Sholess Joe's Ale House & Grille
10290 W. Higgins Road
Rosemont, IL 

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 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 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

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. 


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

Women's Basketball vs. Northeastern
Wednesday, December 5
Tip-off: 7 p.m. 
George Bisacca Court at Alumni Hall
Fairfield University
*Donate a bear and get in FREE! Each bear donated = one free general admission ticket. Bears can be exchanged for tickets at the door on gameday. 

Hartford Chapter Holiday Gathering
Thursday, December 13
7 - 9 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. 


Manhattan

Charities: Hour Children

Manhattan Chapter Holiday Gathering
Wednesday, December 5
6 - 9 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. 


New Jersey

Charities: Overlook Hospital

New Jersey Chapter Holiday Gathering
Thursday, December 13
6 - 8 p.m. 

Cooper's Union
104 Hudson Street
Hoboken, NJ 

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: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Philadelphia Chapter Mass & Reception with Fr. Charles Allen, S.J. 
5:30 p.m. 

Old St. Joseph's Church
321 Willings Alley
Philadelphia, PA
Reception to immediately follow Mass at The Plough & Stars (123 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia)

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. 


San Francisco

Charity: UCSF Children's Hospital 

San Francisco Chapter Holiday Gathering
Thursday, December 13
6 - 8 p.m. 
Sabrosa
3200 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA

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
Wednesday, December 5
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 7.


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 Directors of Community Service
Kathryn Peters '20 at
fairfieldteddybears@gmail.com
or
Colleen McGinn
SAA Adviser and Director of Alumni Engagement
(203) 254-4280

Happy Holidays!

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