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Thousands of bears donated for children in need

Thousands of bears will be used to put smiles on children's faces. Thousands of bears will be used to put smiles on children's faces.
Sarah Turner-Holland Sarah Turner-Holland

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) –Thousands of bears will be used to put smiles on children's faces.

UnitedHealth workerscollected more than 13,000 stuffed animals for the Bears on Patrol program,almost triple what they collected in 2012.

The bears will be donatedto Kosair Charities and local law enforcement.

Officers keep a supply ofstuffed animals in their patrol vehicles to hand out to children caught in themiddle of unfortunate circumstances.

Sarah Turner-Holland, withUnitedHealthcare, said, "Looking at all of this, knowing so many children in Louisville andour area is going to help. Unfortunately, this will only last til the end ofthe year. They're gonna need donations by January."

Local schools helpedUnitedHealthcare's mission by collecting more than 1,000 stuffed animals.

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