Give to the 25th Annual “Teddy Bears With Love” Drive by Dec. 11

Give to the 25th Annual “Teddy Bears With Love” Drive by Dec. 11

Picture of pile of teddy bears

This December, we joyfully commemorate the 25th anniversary of our cherished "Teddy Bears With Love” Drive, collecting new teddy bears and stuffed animals to be given to children’s hospitals and charities nationwide.

Since the inaugural year in 1999, The Fairfield University Student Alumni Association (SAA), in conjunction with the Office of Alumni Relations, has been hosting the “Teddy Bears With Love” Drive. Over the past 25 years, the outpouring of support from thousands of Fairfield alumni, families, students, employees, friends, and community members has resulted in the donation of more than 25,000 teddy bears (and stuffed animals). These heartwarming contributions have been distributed to numerous children’s hospitals and charities nationwide — bringing joy to children during the holiday season.

This year’s collection is now underway: Donations will be accepted through Monday, Dec. 11.

To care for the health and well-being of the children receiving these donations, it is imperative that all donations be new/with tags, and if possible, in their original packaging. All donations must be mailed or delivered directly to the Office of Alumni Relations.

Mail donations to:
Fairfield University
Alumni House
ATTN: Teddy Bears with Love Drive
1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, CT 06824

For in-person drop-off, the Office of Alumni Relations is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There will also be several in-person donation events this year. See the event listings below for more details.

For more information and details about in-person donation events and opportunities, please visit the Teddy Bears With Love page.

Haven’t had time to shop but still want to make a donation? Let us do the work for you: Make a tax-deductible gift of $25 or more to the Fairfield Fund, and we will donate up to 4 bears to “Teddy Bears With Love” in your name. Give Back and Give a Bear.

Fairfield Men’s Basketball vs. Iona

Date: Friday, December 1
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Leo D. Mahoney Arena, Fairfield University

Additional Details:

Bring and donate a bear on the concourse before the game!

Alumni Advent Mass & Photos with Santa

Date: Sunday, December 3
Time: 11 a.m. Mass at Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola
12 p.m. (immediately following Mass) Photos with Santa at Bellarmine Hall

Additional Details:

Prior registration is requested.

Fairfield Women’s Basketball vs. St. John’s University

Date: Thursday, December 7
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Leo D. Mahoney Arena, Fairfield University

Additional Details:

Bring a bear to the game and participate in our “Teddy Bear Toss” at Halftime. Check in on the concourse upon arrival to tag your bear.

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