Oyster Bay, NY (PRWEB) September 09, 2013
The Theodore Roosevelt Association (TRA) and Teddy Share today are celebrating National Teddy Bear Day by donating 2,000 teddy bears to pediatric patients at more than 30 hospitals nationwide. These bears bring comfort and a touch of home to children in unfamiliar and even scary hospital environments.
Teddy Bears for Kids, a program of the TRA, has given more than 80,000 bears since 1986. Teddy Share’s Teddy for 2 Bears are made especially for the TRA’s Teddy Bears for Kids. For each bear that Teddy Share sells, an identical bear is given to a sick child in a hospital.
“We’re very proud of our Teddy Bears for Kids program. We’re pleased to bring a little light to children going through a rough patch,” said TRA president, Tweed Roosevelt, a great-grandson of Theodore Roosevelt.
The TRA recently expanded Teddy Bears for Kids to include 100 percent made-in-the-U.S. teddy bears, which provide a unique giving opportunity for teddy bear donors.
"I'm thrilled the TRA continues to put smiles on the faces of so many needy children. I'd like to thank all our wonderful Teddy Bear for Kids supporters who help make this important civic program a reality year in and year out," said Laurence Pels, executive director of the TRA.
Teddy for 2 Bears celebrate Theodore Roosevelt’s triumph over childhood illness and inspire children nationwide. As the father of the Teddy Bear, Theodore Roosevelt would, we think, be delighted with this program, as are our participating hospitals.
“Received the bears today; they are simply beautiful! I can’t wait to see the looks on the faces of the kids when we distribute them. Thank you very much!” said Nytasha M. Andrews, assistant director of ambulatory care—OPD at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital in New York City.
“Thank you very much for including Lenox Hill Hospital in this special effort. Our entire organization is hugely appreciative of the generosity of the Theodore Roosevelt Association,” said Justin Etinger, manager of volunteer services at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.
“These teddy bears will bring joy to the children of our community,” said Dr. Maya Haasz, director of pediatric emergency medicine at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, NY.
The TRA is a congressionally chartered non-profit historical and public service organization dedicated to perpetuating the memory and ideals of Theodore Roosevelt. More information about the TRA and Teddy Bears for Kids is available online.