HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hundreds of teddy bears were stolen from an annual toy drive for children over the weekend.
Five bins containing various donated teddy bears were taken from an office in Leeward Oahu. The bears were being collected to give to children at the annual Teddy Bear Drive, hosted by Prevent Child Abuse Hawaii.
The Executive Director for Prevent Child Abuse Hawaii, Aileen Deese, says the theft affects the children the most.
"We were saddened to find out that someone stole the containers because those were stuffed animals we were going to give to abused children or other children and families who are in crisis and need happiness and support in their lives," she said.
Prevent Child Abuse Hawaii's 19th Annual Teddy Bear Drive is on Saturday, Sept. 10 at Windward Mall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The organization is hoping to exceed their previous record of 5,092 stuffed animals collected.
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