Operation Teddy Bear

foster care bear hugsIt’s my favorite time of year, when we kick off Our annual Operation Teddy Bear– every year we do a Teddy Bear Drive for Foster Care Children.  We collect cash donations for teddy bears to give to children attending a holiday party hosted by Voices for Children.

San Diego County’s foster youth desperately need help.  Of the thousands of children in San Diego County’s foster care system each year, it is estimated that about half of these children have no one—no parent, no relatives, no family friends—to look out for the child’s best interests. They are alone in a complicated system that can rob much of the joy out of childhood.
Voices for Children provides volunteer CASAs (Court Appointed Special Advocates) to foster children in San Diego County to ensure their needs are met in the courtroom, classroom and with their foster families.
Every year it breaks my heart to think of all the children in foster care that aren’t with their families.  I can’t even image it, my family made sure every year our holidays were magical.  I wish I could do the same for every child in foster care. I was adopted and this is one way I can help give back.
Each December Voices for Children hosts a wonderful Christmas party for the children in the Foster Care system- and each child receives a teddy bear-  This teddy bear could be the only gift they receive and it means more to them than you know.   Each year it is a different bear- last year was an elephant, this year they chose a stuffed Lion named Rory to give to each child.  He is so cute- you can’t help but fall in love.

If you would like to be one of Santa’s elves – we would greatly appreciate it.  What can you do to Help?  You can donate money for the purchase of the bears- they are $10-14 – you can give any dollar amount, $1, $5, $10- You can donate via cash, check, paypal at jblake28@hotmail.com or Venmo. We purchase over 500 bears, then we load up all the bears, deliver and decorate before the kids arrive.   It truly is one of my favorite days of the year.  Thank you to all the Elves that donated last year- Operation Teddy Bear was a huge Success. We can’t show photos of the children but we can share a few photos of last years party with Santa, Bears and a few Elves.      Operation Teddy Bear Video

I was adopted and every year I give back to foster care programs- It is through community donations that each child in the foster care system receives a brand new teddy bear elephant.

Any extra bears are given to children when they enter the court room.  It is a scary time for them and the bear makes the situation less scary. Some Facts about San Diego Foster Care System.

  • Each Juvenile Court judge carries an average case load of approximately 500 cases.
  • Every dependent child is assigned to an attorney. The attorney represents about 150 children.
  • Every family is assigned to a social worker to manage the case. Social workers carry an average case load of 16 to 25 cases.
  • The average amount of time children spend in foster care in San Diego County is 40 months—that’s three birthdays spent away from home.
  • Many children remain in foster care long-term. These children will never return home and will never be adopted.

Thank you for your help to brighten a child’s day this Holiday Season.        Operation Teddy Bear Video Montage

bears for foster care cover photo

#30DaysofThanksandGiving

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Jrock Jen Blake

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