Members of the Williams Field High School varsity and junior varsity girls’ soccer teams created 75 teddy bears at Build-A-Bear and donated them to Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa this holiday season.
The team collected donations to purchase the bears – $1,500 – and spent one afternoon at San Tan Village’s Build a Bear putting them together. More than 40 student-athletes participated.
Last year, the student-athletes donated 45 bears. The students enjoy the project and appreciate the chance to give back to others.
“It was heartwarming. It’s a different way to give back. It gives the team a realization of how much we need to give and how much it is appreciated,” said Williams Field High Senior Amanda Dos Santos.
Pediatric nurse Sue Eaton said the gifts are a joy for the children.
“These are some of the No. 1 favorite gifts for the kids who are here,” Easton said. “We may reserve some of these for Christmas morning for Santa to give out. Kids helping kids is what it is about. It’s a perfect event to help our kids. It’s a win-win for the community and our patients. This means the world to them.”