More than 1,300 bears were collected as part of the Wee Care Bear project, organized by The Greater Newtown Exchange Club, the Council Rock School District and the Northampton Township Police Department.
More than 20 emergency service agencies attended a “Bear Send-Off Day” Friday at Holland Elementary School.
The students, who collected, sorted, tagged and bagged the bears, presented the them to the emergency services personnel at the school during the send-off event.
The Wee Care Bear program is designed to provide stuffed bears for emergency services personnel to use to calm children during traumatic situations.
Agencies from Bristol Borough to Quakertown Borough were represented at the send-off event. Also in attendance were District Attorney David Heckler and Council Rock School District Superintendent Mark Klein.
The effort to collect teddy bears was launched in November. The bears are being distributed to children involved in trauma situations such as accidents, family disputes and abuse situations.