GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Calling all teddy bears! Saturday is teddy bear day in historic downtown Glendale.
For the 9th year in a row, downtown merchants and the Glendale Convention & Visitors Bureau are teaming up to support the Glendale Fire Department's Teddy Bear Trauma Program with a fun-filled day of events.
Local businesses will be accepting donations of teddy bears. In exchange, those who donate can receive plenty of deals, treats and freebies. Attendees are encouraged to start their day at the Glendale Visitor Center, 5800 W. Glenn Drive, Suite 140, where they can pick up a map of participating merchants, coupons and a savings pack for the first 250 families.
"We have about two dozen different teddy bear activities," says Valerie Burns, Bears and More event organizer. You can start at the visitor's center, and pick up list of activities and just make your way around all the different businesses."
All bears will be given to the Glendale Fire Department's Trauma Teddy Program, which offers comfort to young children who have been affected by a traumatic event. In past years, nearly 5,000 teddy bears have been collected at the one-day event.
"All the bears go on our fire trucks," says Mike Young of the Glendale Fire Department. "It's something we will use if the child is hurt or injured or part of a traumatic event. We use them to calm them down, and we also use the bears to gain their trust."
For more information, call 623.930.4500 or visit www.visitglendale.com.
Here is a complete list of activities, specials and discounts at participating merchants:
(activities and specials are subject to change without notice)
5745 W. Palmaire Ave.
Offer: Make a Teddy Bear necklace (nominal fee)
Activity: Guess how many teddy bears are in a jar
Bears & More
7146 N. 58th Drive
Activity: Free Teddy Bear craft
Cerreta Candy Company
5345 W. Glendale Ave.
Activity: Make-and-Take Chocolate Teddy Bear - $5 each
7146 N. 58th Ave.
Offer: Appraisal Fair in conjunction with Elizabeth Dore - $10 per verbal appraisal per item
Papa Ed's Ice Cream
7146-B N. 58th Ave.
Offer: Name the Teddy Bear - winner gets a 4 pack of ice cream. Beary Special Ice Cream Sandwiches-$2.25 each.
Activity: Duct Tape wallets with a $1 donation for AZ Search Dogs
Shelley's Specialty Desserts
5845 W. Palmaire Ave.
Activity: Make-and-Take Decorate Teddy Bear Cookie - $2 each
Pink House Boutique
7009 N. 58th Ave.
Activity: Glitter Teddy Bear tattoos
Shoppe on the Corner
7163 N. 58th Drive
Offer: Face painting - nominal fee
Spicery in Our 1895 Home
7141 N. 59th Ave.
Offer: Teddy Bear Day Back to School Tea for $19.95. Reservations required at 623-937-6534
5731 W. Glendale
Activity: Visit with a cuddly life sized Bear and face painting - $5
7150 N. 57th Drive
Activity: Make and Take Teddy Bear card - $2
5836 W. Palmaire Ave.
Activity: Make a Teddy Bear puppet out of paper bags
2 Share Gifts
5830 W. Palmaire
Offer: Free stuffed mini teddy bear w/ purchase of $10 or more.
Activity: Make your own Halloween Bear Magnet
Glimpse Photographic Gifts with Flair
7163 N. 58th Drive, Ste. B
Offer: $10 off $50 purchase (not to be combined w/ any other offer)
Michelle & Gerald's Southern Cuisine
7138 N. 57th Drive
Activity: Beary Princess Tea: $12.95/child - $16.95/Adult
7145 N. 58th Drive
Activity: Make and Take Teddy Bear Pine Cone/Free
Glendale Fire Department's Trauma Teddy Program offers comfort to young children who have been affected by a traumatic event. In past years, nearly 5,000 teddy bears have been collected at the one-day event.