“A Hug is Always the Right Size”

–Winnie the Pooh

Operation Bear Hug has been providing soft, cuddly teddy bears to individuals throughout our community since 1988. The bears are provided to children and adults in crisis or time of duress. Automobile accidents, fires, domestic problems, separation from a family member, memory loss or an emergency room visit are among some of the situations that warrant comfort from a bear. The bears are delivered by Assistance League member volunteers to local agencies who provide crisis care.

If you know of a local agency that could benefit from our Operation Bear Hug program, or if you would like more information, please contact us at Bears@ALLV.org.

3,950 bears were given to 45 local agencies to comfort traumatized children in 2022-2023.

These numbers reflect school and agency closures due to COVID-19.