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Teddy Bears with Love 2021

We are excited to announce that our Teddy Bears with Love Collection is back for 2021!

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. 

Since that time, 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, tens of thousands of bears and stuffed animals have been donated to dozens of children's hospitals not only in Connecticut, but across the country. 

Important Information for 2021:
As many of our donation points are still operating with increased and/or varying restrictions regarding donations, our drive will look slightly different this year. We ask that unless indicated below, all donations be mailed and/or delivered directly to the Office of Alumni Relations at Fairfield University. 

More than ever this year, as we still deal with the effects of a global pandemic, we must stress the necessity for only 100% new donations. As bears/stuffed animals will be going directly to children with compromised health, it is imperative that donations be new/with tags, and if possible, in their original packaging. We regrettably cannot accept any gently-used donations even with tags. We ask that you please use your discretion and donate accordingly. If you wish to donate gently/prior-used stuffed animals, we recommend contacting your local Goodwill, Salvation Army, and/or animal shelters. Please do not send/deliver to Fairfield University at the risk of being mixed up with new donations. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. 

All donations must be received by Friday, December 10, 2021. 

Please mail any donations to:

Teddy Bears with Love 2021
Office of Alumni Relations/Alumni House
1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, CT 06824

The Office of Alumni Relations is open Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. for in-person drop-off. Please place bears in collection bins in Alumni House lobby. 

In-person donation events (as of 11/1/21):

Annual Alumni Advent Mass
Sunday, December 5
11 a.m.
Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola
Fairfield University
Join us for our annual Advent Mass! Bears will be collected in the vestibule prior to Mass.

Fairfield Men's Basketball vs. Holy Cross
Wednesday, December 8

7 p.m. 
Webster Bank Arena
Bridgeport, Conn. 
To purchase tickets, visit: websterbankarena.com/fairfieldmbb
Cheer on the Stags and donate a bear! Fans are asked to bring donations to Webster Bank Arena on gameday for collection. Thanks to Fairfield Athletics for this partnership! Doors open for the game at 6 p.m. Bears can be delivered to the table on the concourse. 

Teddy Bears with Love is a beloved tradition among our entire Fairfield University Community and we are thrilled to be able to host this drive again this year. Each year we are inspired by the participation from our alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students, and friends on campus and around the globe. We thank you all for your continued support and generosity. Go Stags! 

 If you have any questions regarding Teddy Bears with Love, please contact:

Student Alumni Association Logo

Chloe Stokinger '22

Student Alumni Association Directors of Community Service

Teddy Bears with Love Logo

Colleen McGinn

SAA Adviser and Director of Alumni Engagement
(203) 254-4280

Happy Holidays!

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