VA San Diego Healthcare System
VASDHS Police Donate Teddy Bears for Needy Hospital Patients
Four officers from VA San Diego Healthcare Systemâ€™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 Childrenâ€™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 yearâ€™s donation brought smiles to the faces of 200 patients.
â€śIt was great to be a part of such a large effort to bring happiness to patients in their time of need,â€ť said VA Police Officer Steve Boudreau.
This was VA San Diego Healthcare Systemâ€™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.Â The host for this yearâ€™s drive was the San Diego Police Department.