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Operation Teddy Bear Packing and Delivery

Operation Teddy Bear Volunteers-in-Action

Hard-working volunteers from the Affinity Group, Beacon House, John Deere, Keenan, Kinecta, Manhattan Beach Rotary Club, MOOG,South Bay Association of Realtors, South Bay Junior Women's Club,South Bay Touring A's, a group of LMU Alumni, and the Volunteer Center team helped pack more than 4,000 schoolbags and teacher appreciation kits, and then delivered them to the schools in anticipation of distribution and reading as part of the Operation Teddy Bear program.

Click here to see a video taped live at "packing central" as the volunteers from John Deere were hard at work - we couldn't have done it without ALL of the amazing volunteers who joined us!

STEAM books thanks to the Molina Foundation and Munzer FoundationThanks to generous grants from The Molina Foundation and the Rudolph J. and Daphne A. Munzer Foundation, this year's Operation Teddy Bear schoolbags include more quality non-fiction reading books and writing journals. The teachers specifically requested these items to help their students meet the new common-core standards, with an emphasis on increasing access to science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) materials; provide additional reading comprehension practice; and encourage creativity. We are thrilled to grant the teachers' wishes this holiday season!

We are extremely grateful to our major sponsors and in-kind donors for making this program a reality, including the Affinity Group, Battle Creek Community Foundation, John Deere Foundation, Francine Dominique and the late Jim Gamble, Kinecta, Manhattan Beach Rotary Club, Molina Foundation, MOOG, Rudolph J. and Daphne A. Munzer Foundation, Port of Long Beach, Port of Los Angeles,QuinStar Technology, Saatchi & Saatchi, South Bay Association of Realtors, South Bay Junior Women's Club, Torrance Refining Company, U-Haul Moving & Storage of Carson, Valero Energy Foundation, Watson Land Company and Carl E. Wynn Foundation. We also extend our appreciation to Bank of AmericaRoseanney Liu of Scorpius and Write on, RoseanneyMalaga Bank; and everyone who contributed to our Teacher Appreciation Drive!

See more photos from packing and delivery on our Facebook page

If you're interested in participating in Operation Teddy Bear by volunteering for distribution and reading in late November or early December, click here to "express interest" in participating. We will be in touch to coordinate the exact date, time and school.