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SOUTH BEND INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT STAFF TO DELIVER OVER 2100 BEARS TO SAINT JOSEPH HEALTH SYSTEM, BE

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December 17, 2019
 
WHO:   Mike Daigle, CEO and executive director of South Bend International Airport, Presents Bears to Representatives from Pediatric Departments at Saint Joseph Health System, Beacon Children’s Hospital, Elkhart General Hospital, Lakeland Health, and Plymouth Medical Center
 
WHAT:  Delivery of over 2100 Bears Collected from Eighth Annual Bears in the Air Program
 
WHEN/WHERE:  Wednesday, December 18, 2019  Saint Joseph Health System, 5215 Holy Cross Parkway, Mishawaka, IN at 9:00 a.m.
Beacon Children’s Hospital, 615 N. Michigan St., South Bend, IN at 11:30 a.m. Elkhart General Hospital, 600 East Blvd., Elkhart, IN at 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 19, 2019 Lakeland Health, 1234 Napier Ave., St. Joseph, MI at 10:00 a.m.
 Plymouth Medical Center, 1915 Lake Ave., Plymouth, IN at 2:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                                             
ACTUAL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2019
9:00 a.m.                                  Media and SBN Staff arrive at Saint Joseph Health System Main Lobby
                                                - Presentation of Bears to Staff
                                                - Presentation of a Bear to a Patient
                                                - Individual Interviews
 
11:30 a.m.                                Media and SBN Staff arrive at Beacon Children’s Hospital Main Lobby
                                                - Presentation of Bears to Staff
                                                - Presentation of a Bear to a Patient
                                                - Individual Interviews
 
2:00 p.m.                                  Media and SBN Staff arrive at Elkhart General Hospital Main Lobby
                                                - Presentation of Bears to Staff
- Presentation of a Bear to a Patient

                                                - Individual Interviews
 
 
ACTUAL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS ON THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2019
10:00 a.m.                                Media and SBN Staff arrive at Lakeland Health Main Lobby
                                                - Presentation of Bears to Staff
                                                - Individual Interviews
 
2:00 p.m.                                  Media and SBN Staff arrive at Plymouth Medical Center Main Lobby
                                                - Presentation of Bears to Staff
                                                - Individual Interviews    
 
 
South Bend, IN. More than 2100 newly purchased teddy bears have been collected as a result of South Bend International Airport’s (SBN) eighth annual Bears in the Air program. On Wednesday, December 19, SBN’s CEO & executive director Mike Daigle and SBN team members will present the bears to pediatric department representatives at Saint Joseph Health System at 9:00 a.m., Beacon Children’s Hospital at 11:30 a.m., and Elkhart General Hospital at 2:00 p.m. Additionally, a SBN team member will present a bear to a child at each hospital pending patient wellness. The following day, the bears will be presented at Lakeland Health at 10:00 a.m. and Plymouth Medical Center at 2:00 p.m.
 
The bears will offer companionship and smiles during a child’s difficult time. Each hospital will distribute the bears to young patients as they see fit.
 
“We could not be happier with the results of the Bears in the Air program as we celebrate eight years,” said Mike Daigle, SBN CEO & executive director. “Thanks to our generous community, we have surpassed our goal of 2000 bears. We are touched and grateful.”
 
The Bears in the Air collection program began on December 6, 2019 when travelers, local businesses, and the general public were invited to support the initiative. The program provides both the donation of teddy bears to children and a cash donation to the Robert L. Miller, Sr. Veteran’s Center. The donation to the veterans will take place in January.