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Care Bear Program

In an effort to ease a child's anxiety in an emergency, the Renton Fire and Emergency Services Department developed the Care Bear Program in 1986.  Over the past 20 years, the bears have proven to be an effective method in calming a distressed child and are helpful in diverting a child's attention in order to treat their injuries.  Care Bear

Originally, this program was funded by a grant from the Tandy Corporation.  Since that grant expired the program has been completely funded by community donations and could not have been successful without the generosity of the Renton community.  One of the largest supporters of this program is Sam's Club.  In 2005, thanks to a large donation from the Sam's Club Good Neighbor Program, the Renton Fire and Emergency Services Department was able to purchase custom teddy bears that are now carried on all Renton Fire and Emergency Services Department emergency response vehicles. 

If you are interested in contributing to the program, we currently accept monetary donations. Unfortunately, we cannot accept personal teddy bears or stuffed animals. If you are trying to find a home for them, you may want to contact the police department, or local organizations like the clothes bank or Salvation Army.

Together with your help, we are able to provide this very worthwhile program. Thank you for your support!

For more information about the program call us at 425.430.7000.