San Diego Regional Law Enforcement has been a proud supporter and partner of Rady Children’s Hospital since 1990. What began with only one officer, Brian Hardy, from the Coronado Police Department donating teddy bears has grown to more than 20 agencies supporting the Hospital through the Teddy Bear Drive.
Each year, one agency volunteers to lead the Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive, meeting monthly to plan fundraising events and volunteer activities. Their support provides thousands of teddy bears to patients each year while also providing funding for our Bereavement Program and Bedtime Carts. Their year culminates in an end of the year celebration at the Hospital that brings together representatives from local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.
The celebration is a special tradition for Rady Children’s as a caravan of motor/police cars arrive in front of the Hospital to a crowd of cheering patients, parents and staff. After a brief ceremony, the officers break into groups, visiting patients in various departments in the Hospital, offering a teddy bear to every patient. Each child treasures this special visit and enjoys the comfort of their new teddy bear, creating memories to last a lifetime.
You can support the Teddy Bear Fund here.