The goal is to provide the firemen and police officers with stuffed animals that they can keep in their vehicles. The toys can then be given to children during traumatic events.
Scotiabank has decided to do the charity drive after a little girl asked for teddy bear donations for the police department instead of presents for her own birthday. This inspired the Scotiabank employee Pat Moore who decided to follow suit and organize such an event, The Peterborough Examiner reports.
This is the second year of the event which is going to be even bigger. Last year the three branches of the bank in the region kept the teddy bear drive in house. Only employees donated stuffed animals. The bank collected 76 stuffies to donate.
This year though, everybody can participate. All you need is to bring the stuffed animals you want to donate to one of the three Peterborough Scotiabank branches. They are at Hunter St., Portage Place and Summit Plaza and are equipped with bins where you can leave the toys.
The Teddy Bear Drive will continue until Feb. 17th. The bins are provided by Kawartha Food Share.
As a thank you for the help, the Scotiabank branches will host a food drive on Februrary 19th and 20th. Non-perishable items can be donated for the cause.
As for the stuffies, it is believed that stuffed animals can help children cope with depression and traumatic events. We’ve covered the subject before. They are also helpful in education and development.
Too far from Peterborough to participate in the Scotiabank Teddy Bear Drive? There are other ways you can donate stuffed animals for charity and help out.