Working with Boise State Athletics, they collect teddy bears during a men's basketball game. The club has then distributed the bears to first responders so that they have a soft toy for children in crisis situations.
After learning that the stuffed toy inventory at the sheriff and fire departments in Ada County was full, the Optimist Club did something a little different with their plush friends. They gave them to the Mountain States Tumor Institute (MSTI) at St. Luke's Hospital-Boise.
According to program chairman Gary Arbaugh, about 250 stuffed animals were collected at the basketball game in early February and then delivered by the Optimist Club this past weekend. They'll find their way to young patients at the Children's Hospital as needed.
Thanks to Walt Callahan for sharing photos of the event.