LIMA -The ALL Teddy Bear Fund and Applebee’s are partnering to raise funds to keep a free teddy bear in the arms of children when they are in the hospital.
The fundraiser will run from Monday to July 28, at the west side and east side Applebee’s restaurants in Lima. Customers can donate a dollar and purchase a bear to hang up in the restaurant. That donation will go to the ALL Teddy Bear Fund to help cover the $2.25 cost of each teddy bear. In return, the customer will get a $1 off coupon to be used at the next Applebee’s visit.
On average, 1,000 bears are handed out a month between St. Rita’s Medical Center and Lima Memorial Health System.