Many of the Indiana High School clubs and associations are raising money again for the annual Teddy Bear Fund Drive. The Teddy Bear Fund Drive is an Indiana tradition that benefits local pediatric care units. Organizations and businesses across the county are raising money to donate to the cause.
One of the main contributors to the IHS Teddy Bear Fund Drive is the Student Government Association. SGA does a lot to raise funds throughout the holiday season. The day before the vacation they have various activities that support this purpose. The morning begins with a student and teacher variety show, and the afternoon is busy with activities.
“SGA hosts basket raffles to help raise money, and we also sell popcorn and cotton candy during classes,” said SGA President and Senior Caroline Albert. “Raising money for the Teddy Bear Foundation Drive each year is important because it helps people in our community.”
Other clubs around the school contribute by donating gift baskets or running a bake sale to donate the profits. All proceeds were donated to the Teddy Bear Foundation Drive.
Senior SGA member Maycie Lorelli shared how students can donate and get involved. She said, “SGA will be hosting its annual Teddy Bear Fund Drive Raffle beginning in December. Students can participate by purchasing a raffle ticket or whatever proceeds are donated to the Teddy Bear Fund Drive.”
The Teddy Bear Fund Drive was established in 1980 to help underprivileged pediatric patients. This drive allowed him to donate nearly $3 million over the course of the year. The funds will benefit local children and Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital. According to the IRMC website, “Indiana County schools play an important role in the Teddy Bear Fund Drive. The ways they solicit contributions are many, reflecting the many different creative ways they participate.”
The holiday season often motivates people to give back. The Teddy Bear Fund Drive is the perfect opportunity to do just that. Donations to this drive can be made online by visiting IRMC’s website at https://www.irmc.org/foundation/ways-to-give/ or offered by IHS clubs and organizations. There are many opportunities to do so.