Providing hope to families in crisis this holiday season

Every year, Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation (TBCF) kicks off their Season of Hope campaign by requesting various in-kind donations for Project Turkey, Project Christmas and Holiday Drive-Thru parties to spread cheer and needed resources to local families battling pediatric cancer.

TBCF has a goal to deliver meals and grocery gift cards to at least fifty families this year. “For families struggling with economic hardship due to a cancer diagnosis, or worse still, stuck in the hospital for treatment, this joyful time of year can sometimes become a nightmare.

Every year TBCF delivers Christmas, or a family’s chosen holiday in December, to over thirty families battling pediatric cancer in the tri-counties with presents for each child in the family and culturally appropriate décor and gift wrapping. The goal of Project Christmas is to alleviate the financial stress, as well as the time and energy associated with shopping for gifts. Often, it is simply not possible for parents to go shopping as they are under severe financial constraints and can’t leave their sick child; COVID-19 has only added to these stresses.

The TBCF Programs team invites the community to help bring hope and holiday cheer to the families by sponsoring a child for $100. Volunteers can shop for the child’s wish list directly or provide a monetary donation and have TBCF do the shopping. Additional donations (monetary or in-kind) are accepted for a family’s holiday tree, decorations, $50 gift cards for meals, and goodies like hot-cocoa and candy canes. 

In partnership with Cottage Hospital, and through support of the Linden Family Foundation, TBCF aims to spread holiday cheer and provide a memorable event with their highly anticipated annual holiday party in December.

Donations of $25 gifts for ages 0-12 or $25 gift cards for teens are greatly appreciated to support TBCF’s holiday drive-thru events. TBCF aims to provide gifts to over two hundred children through the holiday drive-thru events.

For questions about donations or to sponsor a child or family for Project Christmas, please contact Tessa Boyce, Community Outreach Manager at tessa@teddybearcancerfoundation.org or 805-617-0847 or visit teddybearcancerfoundation.org/project-holiday.

To donate toys and gift cards valued at $25 each, community members can drop them off or ship them to: Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation, Attn: Holiday Party, 3892 State St, Ste. 220, Santa Barbara, CA 93105.

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