"Bears in the Air" fundraiser to begin Friday

A new holiday fundraiser has landed at the South Bend Airport. The program called "Bears in the Air" is calling for new teddy bears between now and December 20.

Bears can be purchased at the airport gift shop with all proceeds benefiting the "Robert Miller Senior Center for Homeless Veterans."

Then come Christmas, each comfy bear will be handed-out to a child at Memorial Hospital and St. Joseph Regional Medical Center.

"I can't think of a more fitting way for the airport to make this contribution to our community and hope that this will be the first of many more to come," said South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

"There are needs in our community that are great. So we need to have good partnerships such as this, so that we can really reach out to all of our citizens and provide them with the services they need,” said Mishawaka Mayor Dave Wood. “Especially during the holidays when those needs may be most."

"Bears in the Air" officially kicks-off with a reception this Friday at 7 p.m. Entry into the event is one newly purchased teddy bear or a $10 donation.

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