Del Mar College’s Early Childhood Club kept to their mission during February and March. Their goal: to collect 200 teddy bears or other stuffed toy animals for the American Red Cross Coastal Bend Chapter. In fact, club members collected about 300 toys with help this year by the Club Estates Elementary Honors Club, who collected stuffed animals at their school.
Students with the Early Childhood Club presented the stuffed animal toys––including teddy bears, rabbits, puppies and other critters––in large boxes marked for the American Red Cross.
This year marks the third year the College’s Early Childhood Club has conducted their teddy bear drive to benefit the American Red Cross. The annual service learning project gives DMC students an opportunity to advocate for children and families in the community who have become victims of disaster.
“The Teddy Bear Drive is a great event for our students, and a way to give back to children not only in our community but through the American Red Cross to benefit children all over the nation,” says Benita Flores, club advisor and assistant professor of early childhood specialist. “In return, our students see visually and tangibly their work in action.”
The American Red Cross Coastal Bend Chapter assists over 50 communities in 13 counties stretching from McMullen County in Southwest Texas to Coastal Bend counties like Kleberg and Nueces to Refugio County. The most common disaster support the chapter provides is for victims who have been displaced by fire emergencies. On average, the local chapter responds to a residential fire every 72 hours and provides emergency shelter, food, clothing and other emergency needs.
IN THE PHOTO: Del Mar College Early Childhood Club members Erica Guerrero (left) and Zosie Pickens carry a box with stuffed animal toy donations March 23 in front of the Morris L. Lichtenstein, Jr. Center for Early Learning on the College’s East Campus. The club collected about 300 stuffed animals with the help of the Honors Club at Club Estates Elementary School for this year’s teddy bear drive benefiting the American Red Cross Coastal Bend Chapter.