In celebration of National Teddy Bear Day, Gleaning For The World is partnering with Mister Goodies at their Timberlake Rd. location on Wednesday, September 9 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm to collect as many stuffed animals as they can.
Donate a stuffed animal and receive a free ice cream cone!
The Concord-based organization, Gleaning For The World, collects new and gently-used stuffed animals as part of their Teddy Bear Brigade program where stuffed animals are given to children whose homes and lives have been turned upside down whenever natural disaster strikes.
Anyone who donates one new or gently-used stuffed animal at the SHARE-a-BEAR-a-THON event will receive a ticket for one free ice cream cone. Donate three or more stuffed animals and you can receive any Mister Goodies menu item for free.
All tickets must be redeemed at the SHARE-a-BEAR-a-THON event that night, September 9, between 5:00 pm and 9:00 pm.
Gleaning's president, Jeane Smiley-Mason, says, "Children process the trauma of an event like a natural disaster much differently than adults. That’s where the stuffed animals come in. We make sure we place plenty of stuffed animals on each of our disaster relief trucks – to ensure that while adults are receiving the supplies they need for recovery, children receive the gift of a cuddly stuffed animal, which will comfort them during a very stressful time.”
Gleaning For The World also sends stuffed animals on their international shipping containers, worldwide, to children living in poverty, in orphanages, or in refugee camps. The organization distributes approximately 35,000 stuffed animals to children each year through their Teddy Bear Brigade.
If you are ready to give your gently-used or brand new stuffed animals a new home, stop by Mister Goodies’ ice cream truck on Wednesday, September 9 from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm. Drop your stuffed animals off at Gleaning’s truck in the parking lot, and visit Mister Goodies’ truck for your free ice cream!
There is no limit on the number of stuffed animals you can donate; however, there is a limit of one free ice cream per donor.
And be sure to follow the Gleaning For The World Facebook page!