Teddy bears pour in as KinderCare, NewsChannel5 donation drive begins

LYNDHURST, Ohio - A pile of teddy bears overflowed a table at the KinderCare location on Mayfield Road in Lyndhurst Monday evening, the start of a week-long drive to collect new teddy bears.

The cuddly stuffed animals will be given to children spending this holiday season in Akron Children's Hospital and the Cleveland Clinic.

“We feel like we want to give the children in the hospital a best friend,” said Melanie Baisden, center director for KinderCare.

The idea for the drive began from a response given by the daughter of a KinderCare employee. The young girl, who had multiple hospital stays for cancer treatments over a two-year period, was asked what would have made her stays better.

“She said ‘A teddy bear would have been really cute,’ so we ended up collecting about 300 teddy bears and she actually delivered them to the children’s hospitals,” Baisden said of last year’s donations.

The bear donation drive is also used as a teaching lesson for the children at KinderCare.

“The families and children are really excited about giving,” Baisden said as she pointed to the table piled high with teddy bears.

NewsChannel5 is on your side partnering with KinderCare in collecting the bears.

Donations will be collected at KinderCare's 27 locations throughout Cleveland, Akron and Canton. New teddy bears can be dropped off Monday, Dec. 9 through Friday, Dec. 13 between 6:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.

KINDERCARE LEARNING CENTERS LOCATIONS

Medina (Rt. 18)
3330 Medina Road
Medina, Ohio 44256

Medina
190 Northland Drive
Medina, Ohio 44256

Mentor (Wayside)
7061 Wayside Drive
Mentor, Ohio 44060

Mentor
6145 Meadowbrook Dr
Mentor, Ohio 44060

Maple Heights
5890 Lee Road South
Maple Heights, Ohio 44137

Beachwood
24753 Chagrin Blvd.
Beachwood, Ohio 44122

Highland Heights
697H Alpha Park Dr.
Highland Heights, Ohio 44143

Mayfield Heights
200 Allen Bradley Dr.
Mayfield Heights, Ohio44124

Lyndhurst
5684 Mayfield Road
Lyndhurst, Ohio 44124

Solon
6140 Kruse Drive
Solon, Ohio 44139

Twinsburg
2572 Glenwood Drive
Twinsburg, Ohio 44087

Macedonia
926 East Aurora Road
Macedonia, Ohio 44056

Hudson
5812 Darrow Road
Hudson, Ohio 44236

Hudson (Milford)
53 Milford Drive
Hudson, Ohio 44236

Richfield
4195 Kinross Lake Pkwy.
Richfield, Ohio 44286

Fairlawn
4050 Embassy Parkway
Fairlawn, Ohio 44333

Barberton
111 Fifth Street SE
Barberton, Ohio 44203

Wadsworth
135 Smokerise Drive
Wadsworth, Ohio 44281

Cuyahoga Falls
3100 State Road
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44223

Akron
3405 Massillon Rd.
Akron, Ohio 44312

North Canton
6625 Market Ave. North
North Canton, Ohio 44721

Canton
4540 Dressler Road NW
Canton, Ohio 44718

Avon Lake
407 Lear-Nagle Road
Avon Lake, Ohio 44012

Brunswick
1211 Pearl Road
Brunswick, Ohio 44212

Westlake
30850 Viking Parkway
Westlake, Ohio 44145

North Ridgeville
7171 Lear Nagle Road
North Ridgeville, Ohio 44039

Avon
35680 Detroit Road
Avon, Ohio 44011

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