Help collect school supplies for kids with cancer

The NALA hosts inaugural back-to-school donation drive to benefit the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation and to help families that have children battling cancer.

The NALA, a national marketing agency headquartered in Ventura, is spearheading a back-to-school donation drive for the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation (TBCF), a nonprofit 501(C)(3) organization providing financial and emotional support to families of children with cancer living in Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties.

“We love helping the children and families through our partnership with Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation and welcome the community to join in with us. So many of us are buying supplies for our children right now and if you can just pick up that extra pack of glue sticks or another box of crayons”, said Tiffani Tendell, Vice President – Communications and Business Development at the NALA.

Donated items can be dropped off at the NALA’s headquarters, 1891 Goodyear Ave., Suite 620, Ventura, , now until Monday, August 27. Needed items include school supplies such as backpacks, erasers, notebooks, binders, crayons, pencils, pens, colored pencils and glue.

“We are so appreciative for the NALA’s community support. Their school supply collection for our families battling cancer will be instrumental in aiding their transition back to school after treatment. We cannot thank them enough,” stated Lindsey Leonard, Executive Director of Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation.

In addition to helping families during the holidays or at special times during the year with items such as holiday presents, canned food at Thanksgiving or Easter baskets, TBCF also helps defray costs that are often overlooked. These include monthly bills (rent/mortgage, utilities, etc.), automobile and related transportation costs, and other similar expenses, as parents usually have to take time off work or quit their jobs to spend quality time caring for their child in the hospital during their treatment.

Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation provides emotional, educational and financial assistance to families living in the Tri-County Region that have a child with cancer. The vision of Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation is to be the lead agency to instill resilience in families experiencing pediatric cancer. It provides programs that allow parents to be supported and to know they are not alone. For more information, please call (805) 962-7466, or visit

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