South Bend Airport delivers 1,400 teddy bears to children in area hospitals

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The ninth annual “Bears in the Air” program saw 1,400 teddy bears being delivered to five area hospitals, thanks to the efforts of the South Bend International Airport.

The bears were distributed to Plymouth Medical Center, Beacon Children’s Hospital, Saint Joseph Health System, Elkhart General Hospital, and Spectrum Health Lakeland.

The airport said these bears will offer companionship to a child during a difficult time in their lives.

“It was as crucial as ever for the ‘Bears in the Air’ program to continue despite the challenges of 2020. We are touched and grateful for the generous support our community has continued to lend to this important program. These bears bring big smiles and a sense of comfort to children during a scary time,” said Mike Daigle, CEO and Executive Director of South Bend International Airport.

Over the past nine years, the “Bears in the Air” program has gifted over 12,500 bears to kids in area hospitals.

The airport will also be making a cash donation to the Robert L. Miller, Sr. Veteran’s Center in January.

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