BEARS COL­LECTED

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From first-graders to high school stu­dents, the com­mu­nity gave gen­er­ously this year to help Bank of Amer­i­can Fork’s 15th an­nual Project Teddy Bear bring in 18,422 stuffed an­i­mals.

“If you’ve ever seen the sad­ness in a child’s eyes, you’ll un­der­stand why th­ese bears are so im­por­tant,” said Joy O’Ban­ion, di­rec­tor of the Utah Val­ley Fam­ily Support and Treat­ment Cen­ter. Stuffed an­i­mals do­nated to Project Teddy Bear were given to hun­dreds of needy chil­dren for Christ­mas and will be given to atrisk chil­dren through­out the com­ing year. They will all be used.

Dur­ing an emo­tional cer­e­mony on Thurs­day, Dec. 18, Richard Beard, pres­i­dent and CEO of Bank of Amer­i­can Fork, pre­sented th­ese an­i­mals to the Salt Lake County Fam­ily Support Cen­ter, the Utah Val­ley Fam­ily Support and Treat­ment Cen­ter and the Fam­ily Con­nec­tion Cen­ter in Clearfield. Bai­ley’s Mov­ing and Stor­age, who gen­er­ously do­nated boxes, mov­ing sup­plies, trucks and la­bor to Project Teddy Bear, de­liv­ered the stuffed an­i­mals to the Utah cri­sis cen­ters the next day. The to­tal num­ber of stuffed an­i­mals do­nated to Project Teddy Bear over the years reached 91,304 this year.

Dur­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion, sev­eral school and com­mu­nity groups as well as fam­i­lies were high­lighted for their support and do­na­tions to Project Teddy Bear, demon­strat­ing that in this pro­gram, it is of­ten chil­dren giv­ing to chil­dren.

Bank of Amer­i­can Fork

Zak Har­ri­son and Luke Kin­drick from the Span­ish Fork High School Let­ter­man’s Club hold do­nated teddy bears. The Let­ter­man’s Club worked with the com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing sev­eral el­e­men­tary schools, to do­nate 1,566 stuffed an­i­mals to Project Teddy Bear.

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