It’s almost that time! The holidays are right around the corner, and that means it’s time for the Martha’s Vineyard Teddy Bear Suite. The bears can’t wait to be back. This year, the Martha’s Vineyard Teddy Bear Suite Fundraiser Kicks Off With Teddies Around Town. We’re celebrating our 11th year with a fun, safe, family-friendly holiday scavenger hunt.
Last year’s Teddies Around Town was a great success, and with safety in mind, we are continuing this modified Teddy Bear Suite event. If you did not get to experience Teddies Around Town last year, you are in for a treat, and if you did, not to worry, there will be new clues, bears, and more.
The Martha’s Vineyard Teddy Bear Suite Fundraiser Kicks Off With Teddies Around Town – How It Works
For the event, just come to Point B Realty, at 19 Winter Street, Nevin Square, in Edgartown. Here, you get a sheet with all the clues to find teddy bears hidden in the windows of participating businesses. When you find a bear, you stamp the clue, indicating it has been found. Once you are done, you come back to Point B and receive a BEARY special surprise for all your efforts.
It is so fun to try to solve the clues and walk around town, looking for our fun, furry, festive bears. You may even discover a new business or find some ideas for holiday shopping. Last year, we had a lot of laughs with people who participated in Teddies Around Town. It’s interactive, family-friendly and a fun outside activity for kids and people of all ages.
Another great reason to participate in Teddies Around Town is that every dollar, 100% raised, goes to the Martha’s Vineyard Boys & Girls Club. When you start the adventure, we ask for a $5.00 donation per child. Each year the Martha’s Vineyard Teddy Bear Suite raises the money needed to fund the Club’s Healthy Happy Kids.
The Martha’s Vineyard Teddy Bear Suite Fundraiser Kicks Off With Teddies Around Town – Schedule Of Events
Teddies Around Town will be happening for three weekends, with special additions to the Christmas in Edgartown holiday weekend.
Teddies Around Town Dates & Times:
- Friday, December 3rd, Saturday, 4th & Sunday 5th, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
- Friday, December 10th, Saturday, 11th & Sunday 12th, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Christmas in Edgartown
- Friday, December 17th, Saturday, 18th, & Sunday 19th, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Also, be on the lookout for the big bears in the Christmas In Edgartown parade (yes, the parade is back this year) and for information on the 7th Annual Teddy Bear Trot, Teddy Bear Suite fun at the Edgartown Library, and lots of great Martha’s Vineyard Teddy Bear Suite Fundraiser happenings!
The Martha’s Vineyard Teddy Bear Suite Fundraiser Kicks Off With Teddies Around Town – Drive Supports Healthy Happy Kids
The Martha’s Vineyard Teddy Bear Suite Fundraiser has raised $265,850.00 in the past 10 years. Last year was our biggest year to date having raised $49,852.00. Every dollar raised goes to Healthy Happy Kids. H2K is the vital program that provides nutritious food for hundreds of elementary-school-aged kids who attend the Club’s After School Program.
There are 50 to 80 kids on any given day that come to the Club after school. The Club is a safe place where kids can do their homework, participate in enriching activities, and get a satisfying after-school snack. In addition, the Club provides each member with the opportunity to take a housemade dinner home.
The first thing members do is enjoy the snack provided. Then, it’s on to homework and fun. It’s important to make sure the kids are fueled up for the additional activities. The Club saw a noticeable difference in behavior once it began providing free, nutritious snacks. Point B was there at the beginning when H2K was introduced. We saw the impact this program had, and we work to raise the monies needed to fund this vital service for our community.
The new executive director of the Club, Dhakir Warren, is working hard to create a structured, enriching after-school program for the Island kids who go to the Club after school. There is a new energy, a new focus on creating that is more than fun, but is beneficial. We are looking forward to getting to know him more during the event.
Healthy Happy Kids is a successful program that is addressing food scarcity on the Island. The need continues to be there, and made more challenging in these Covid 19 times. Many Island businesses close early, and prices for food have jumped. Knowing that hundreds of Island children will not go hungry at the Club or after they leave is so impactful.
We hope you support the Martha’s Vineyard Teddy Bear Suite as we work together to raise the $50,000 needed to fund Healthy Happy Kids. Through Teddies Around Town, the Teddy Bear Trot, and online donations, we can make a difference and really help Island kids who are in need. If you can’t visit Teddies Around Town, but would like to make a difference in the lives of Island children, click here to donate today.