Hundreds of stuffed animals stolen from Teddy Bear Drive
Organizers hope the bear bandits will see the error in their ways and return the toys, or bring them to the toy drive on Saturday where they can be added to the donation pile.
HONOLULU - Bins that were used to store donations collected for the annual Prevent Child Abuse Hawaii's 19th Annual Teddy Bear Drive were stolen from a storage facility sometime over the weekend. Several gray storage bins filled with fuzzy friends were being prepared to be transported to Windward Mall for the annual Prevent Child Abuse Hawaii's 19th Annual Teddy Bear Drive on Saturday Sept. 10th. But when volunteers went to collect the bins Tuesday morning after the holiday weekend, the bins and the bears were gone.
The donations would have gone to cheer up children and victims of child abuse across the state. Organizers and volunteers hope the bear bandits will see the error in their ways and return the toys or bring them to the drive, so they can be added to the donation pile.
Prevent Child Abuse Hawaii Executive Director, Aileen Deese says “We’re hoping that the person who took the stuffed animals will bring them to Windward Mall on Saturday from 10-2 at our Teddy Bear Drive or they’ll return them to wherever they took them from.”
The organization says they're hoping to collect more than 5,000 bears at the drive this weekend. The Teddy Bear Drive happens from 10am - 2pm on Saturday, at Windward Mall's Center Stage.