Arizona Highway Patrol Association (AHPA) members are celebrating its 18th year of bringing Christmas joy to children receiving treatment in various medical centers across the state.  These dedicated Department of Public Safety (DPS) employees will begin delivering bears and holiday cheer December 19th through Christmas Day.

The mission of the program is to carry out an activity that demonstrates children are the association’s most important responsibility. Since 1993, the program has expanded to provide the stuffed teddy bears to both children and adults at their bed or road sides. The success is attributed to the efforts and talents of volunteers giving countless hours of their time to make the Christmas Bear Program an overwhelming success.

The tremendous joy that is brought to the hospital patients with the bears is only a part of the benefit that results from the program. “Additionally, AHPA cares to establish a communication mechanism to have children better understand that police officers are helpers and protectors,” state Jimmy Chavez, President of the AHPA. “Witnessing the faces of those receiving the teddy bears is all that one needs to know the program is making a positive difference in many lives.”

AHPA has dedicated the 2011 program to all police officers that have lost their lives in the line of duty.  According to the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Fund, as of December 10th officer fatalities have increased 12% over last year, making 2011 one of the most dangerous years in law enforcement history.  Arizona alone has lost four police officers.

In 2010, AHPA’s volunteers distributed over 2,000 bears to hospitals throughout the state of Arizona. The 2011 program will give away bears to patients in statewide medical centers, domestic violence shelters and hospice locations.

Below are dates and times that have been confirmed for Christmas Bear deliveries.  This list will be updated on the website as we get more confirmations in.  Picture and media articles will also be updated as they come in…

December 19, 2011 1:00 pm

Arrowhead Hospital (18701 N. 67th Ave., Glendale, AZ)

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December 19, 2011 3:00 pm

Children’s Emergency Center, Mendy’s Place, John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital (19829 N. 27th Ave., Phoenix, Ariz.)
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December 20, 2011 at 1030 am

Banner Thunderbird (5555 W. Thunderbird Road, Phoenix, AZ)

READ YOUR WEST VALLEY’S COVERAGE ON OUR VISITS HERE

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December 22, 2011 at 10:00 am

Phoenix Children’s Hospital (1919 East Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ)

CLICK HERE TO READ AHWATUKEE FOOTHILLS COVERAGE OF PHOENIX CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL VISIT

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE PHOTOS FROM OUR VISIT SHOWN ON KPHO – CH. 5 IN PHOENIX

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Tucson Medical Hospital (5301 East Grant Road, Tucson, AZ)

READ THE ARIZONA DAILY STAR ARTICLE HERE regarding our visit to Tucson Medical Hospital

December 22, 2011 at 1:00 pm

University Medical Center (1501, University Medical Center, Tucson, AZ)

December 23, 2011

Various East Valley Hospitals

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