Project Teddy Bear
You can donate your new or clean, gently used stuffed animals at any Bank of American Fork branch. The presentation of the stuffed animals will be held December 18th at 11 A.M. at the American Fork branch.
Project Teddy Bear is a community service project sponsored by Bank of American Fork. Customers, employees and community members donate teddy bears and other stuffed animals that are given to the Utah Valley Family Support & Treatment Center in Orem, Salt Lake Valley Family Support Center (locations in Midvale, Taylorsville, West Valley City and Sugarhouse), House of Hope (SLC, Provo and Ogden) and Family Connection Center (in Layton/Clearfield and Bountiful).
This year will be the 14th anniversary of Project Teddy Bear at Bank of American Fork. When the bank started the program in 2000, it collected 237 bears. Since then, more than 52,000 bears have been donated to Utah’s at-risk children.
Starting the day after Thanksgiving, employees, customers and other members of the community can begin dropping off new or clean, gently used stuffed animals to any Bank of American Fork branch. In mid-December the teddy bears and other stuffed animals will be donated to the three support centers.
These centers have the mission of preventing and treating child abuse through education, therapy and outreach. Crisis nurseries are available for children who have been abused, are in danger of being abused or are awaiting placement in a foster home. A soft teddy bear to hug during these times of trauma or loneliness is a great comfort to the children. At-risk children also undergo therapy sessions at the centers throughout the year. A teddy bear gives them something to hold during sessions, provides much-needed comfort and helps in the healing process. It may also be the only Christmas present a child receives.
In 2011, Bank of American Fork collected an all-time high of 11,865 stuffed animals. Help us break the record again so more children than ever can be helped.
To see how the American Fork branch is transformed during Project Teddy Bear, check out this Time Lapse Video from 2009 Donations. You can also find testimonials from employees of the treatment centers Bank of American Fork’s YouTube playlist about Project Teddy Bear.
Will you help us exceed last year's total to help Utah's children? Simply drop by any Bank of American Fork branch after Thanksgiving to donate your new or clean, gently used stuffed animal.
For more information on the centers, visit
House of Hope (Salt Lake City), and Family Connection Center (Layton).
The number of teddy bears collected by Bank of American Fork in the past 11 years: