Fort Myers hotel collects teddy bears for sick kids

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WINK News Reporter John Trierweiler

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Southwest Florida residents have until 6 p.m. Wednesday to donate stuffed animals to help sick children at the Holiday Bear Hug event.

The event will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport at Town Center on 9931 Interstate Commerce Drive.

In addition, attendees are eligible for prizes such as Red Sox tickets, a hotel stay and a complementary dinner.

80 bears have been dropped off so far, but the hotel’s ultimate goal is to have more than 100 cuddly friends, a Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport at Town Center associate said.

The Holiday Inn Airport at Town Center partners with Build-A-Bear Workshop in this endeavor, and participants are eligible for a 10 percent discount off Holiday Bear Hug creations at their Coconut Point Mall location, according to a hotel associate.

Patients at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida will receive the donated bears following the event.

For more information, call Krissy Frank at 239-322-1360 or email at

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