Four officers from VA San Diego Healthcare System’s police force joined a procession of nearly 150 law enforcement officers from around the county to deliver nearly 65,000 teddy bears to children and families at Rady Children’s Hospital on Dec. 13.
The 21st Annual Regional Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive teams with schools and community groups in a year-round campaign to collect thousands of bears for patients awaiting or recovering from a procedure at the hospital. This year’s donation brought smiles to the faces of 200 patients.
“It was great to be a part of such a large effort to bring happiness to patients in their time of need,” said VA Police Officer Steve Boudreau.
This was VA San Diego Healthcare System’s 11th year participating in the drive.
The first drive was in 1990, when Coronado Police Officer Brian Hardy donated a dozen bears purchased from a local department store. The host for this year’s drive was the San Diego Police Department.