6-year-old donates teddy bears for second year to pediatric patients

Garrett and a few of his teddy bear friends (Source: University of Arizona Medical Center - Diamond Children's)
Garrett and a few of his teddy bear friends (Source: University of Arizona Medical Center - Diamond Children's)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A 6-year-old Tucson boy donates teddy bears to UAMC Diamond Children's and Tucson Medical Center for the second year in a row.

Garrett Tews made his second annual delivery of teddy bears to University of Arizona Medical Center Diamond Children's and Tucson Medical Center.   Garrett again collected teddy bears and various other stuffed animals to give to the pediatric patients at both locations, making his first delivery of 2013 to Diamond Children's on Monday morning.  He collected more than 300 stuffed animals to donate to the two hospitals.

"I want every patient to have a new bear or stuffed animal on Christmas morning," said Garrett, in a recent news release about his project.

Garrett is in Kindergarten at Acacia Elementary School. His teacher, Jillian Slade, and his classmates helped Garrett collect the stuffed animals.

A number of stores in Vail and Rita Ranch have boxes in which new stuffed animals can be donated for the children Garrett is committed to help.

Vail box locations are:  Del Lago Golf Clubhouse; B and Q Nails; Acacia Elementary Office; and Dairy Queen.

Rita Ranch box locations:  Ace Hardware; BTO Yogurt.

There is also a 'Go Fund Me' page for those interested in making a monetary donation to purchase teddy bears, it was started by Garrett's family.   It can be accessed by clicking on the following link: http://www.gofundme.com/541rpk

"We're proud of Garrett," said his mom, Leah, in the same news release. "I believe in teaching children when they are young about philanthropy and bettering their community."

"I want to do this forever," said Garrett.

"This is such a special donation," said Lori Mitts, BS, CCLS, child life manager at Diamond Children's. "We are always so touched when a child wants to help other children. The teddy bears and stuffed animals Garrett has collected will certainly bring a smile to our patients' faces!"

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