The city of Glendale first responders is holding their annual teddy bear drive on Sept. 11 to benefit children experiencing traumatic situations.
Teddy Bear Day will run between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. near Glendale and 59th avenues.
The annual event will feature activities such as decorating a chocolate bear, a tour of the downtown area in a shuttle and an opportunity to meet Arizona search dogs.
The donated bears will go directly to Glendale first responders who plan to give the bears to children in need.
“We realize the importance of this fateful date and have discussed with first responders who provided us with the assurance that there is no better place to be than with the community on this date,” Valerie Burner, owner of Bears & More and Teddy Bear Day event founder, said in the release.
Bears & More, located near the festivities, says the teddy bears it will be selling for $10 are safety-approved and will be donated to the Glendale Fire Department, Glendale Police Department, local emergency rooms and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.
According to the release, since the charity drive started, more than 10,000 bears have been donated.
The Glendale Fire Department and Glendale Police Department will have vehicles on display in the Caitlin Court retail district.
More information about the event can be found online.