WINDWARD OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A teddy bear can bring comfort and joy to a young child.
Over the weekend, more than 4,100 stuffed animals of all shapes and sizes were donated in the 'Show You Care, Share a Bear' drive at Windward Mall Saturday.
The event was organized by Prevent Child Abuse Hawaii, an organization dedicated to ensuring every child in Hawaii grows up in a safe, nurturing environment.
"The stuffed animals that are collected will be shared with children who have suffered from child abuse. These stuffed animals provide children with happiness and comfort," Teddy Bear Round-Up Volunteer Chairperson Elsie Foster said.
"Our profound wish is that one day there is no need for a Teddy Bear Roundup because there will be no abused children," Foster added.
According to the State of Hawaii Department of Human Services December 2017 Databook, there were about 3,702 reports of child abuse and neglect in 2017 reported to Child Protective Services. Of those reports, outreach workers were able to confirm 1,297 cases.
The drive is an annual event that also featured local entertainers and Na Wahine 'O Ka Hula Mai Ka Pu'uwai.