Teddy Bear Round-up At Mall

Prevent Child Abuse Hawaii is going for a Guinness World Record this weekend and hopes to receive at least 6,000 stuffed animals from the public during its “Show You Care, Share A Bear” drive at Windward Mall.

The annual PCAH Teddy Bear Round-up will accept new or gently used teddy bears and other stuffed animals between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday at the mall’s center court. The current record is 5,657 teddy bears collected at one time by a school in Maryland. Island Storm and others will entertain during the drive, along with keiki activities, exhibits, and appearances by the popular life-sized costumed characters Kung Fu Panda, Tigger, Elmo and Pickachu.

Chairwoman of the round-up, Elsie Foster, explained that the stuffed animals bring a measure of comfort and happiness to children who have suffered abuse. “Our profound wish is that one day there is no need for a teddy bear roundup because there will be no abused children,” she said.

The first 500 families to donate will receive a special gift and child safety information.

For more details, call PCAH at 951-0200.