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Police Officers Delivered 60,000 Teddy Bears to Rady Children’s Patients

(December 10, 2013) – The 23rd Annual San Diego Regional Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive, hosted by Escondido Police and the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, took place on Dec. 10 at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego.

Local, state and federal officers from San Diego County agencies gathered at the USS Museum, where they enjoyed a breakfast sponsored by Sycuan. About 100 officers then drove their patrol cars, stuffed with new teddy bears and other stuffed animals, in a caravan to Rady Children’s for the annual drop-off.

The Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive was started by Coronado Police Officer Brian Hardy in 1990. Hardy drove to the Hospital to make a special delivery during the holidays to sick and injured patients.

Since then, the teddy bear drive has donated more than 1 million teddy bears and other stuffed animals to Rady Children’s. This year’s goal was to donate more than 60,000.

For additional information about the event or to make a donation, visit