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Teddy Bear Project and Blanket Drive

Submitted by Joanne Kappel, Executive Director, The Child Rescue Foundation, Inc.

Please direct all questions to childrescue97984@aol.com.

Girl Scouts in Colorado are invited to participate in the annual Teddy Bear Project and Blanket Drive organized by The Child Rescue Foundation, Inc. More than 176,000 items have been donated to date! The 2020 goal is to collect 10,000 plush animals in any size, shape, or color for children in crisis.

Review the information listed below,  the PDF linked here, and send all questions to childrescue97984@aol.com. More information can be found online: http://cr-foundation.org/wordpress1/annual-calender/tbp-teddy-bear-project/

Statistics for thought:

  1. Safehouse Denver serves 10,000 women and their children annually.

  2. In Denver alone, police report responding to more than 6,000 domestic violence calls annually with more than a third involving children who witness violence.

  3. The Gathering Place (a shelter for women and children) reports serving between 130-300 women and children nightly.

  4. In Northwest Denver, one school system reports having roughly 500 homeless children that they service and care for.

COVID-19 Updates for Collections

  1. Please make sure your amazing Girl Scouts have washed hands and wear masks while collecting, tagging, and bagging all plush animals.

  2. If possible, running small lots through dryer on high heat (check to make sure that animals can withstand that without melting) and add a sanitizer.

  3. New is better, but we do accept slightly used. Please make sure in sorting that you examine each donation for tears, missing parts, and dirt or smudges. Those items cannot go through at all this year.

  4. If possible, after your final tagging party and each bag is closed tightly, quarantine items for two weeks and label each bag with the date quarantined. We are doing these safety measures to let the public know we care and are practicing care and safety at every turn.

This year, we will have ten receiving sites only, and we will have a positive confirmation on those sites by October 15, 2020.

Thank you for understanding and wanting to make a smile appear on faces that may be struggling or sad at this difficult time! We appreciate you!

Review all instructions on how to participate and action steps in the PDF above. November 16, 2020 is the final day for delivery.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

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