Volunteers quickly collect bears thrown in the Teddy Bear Toss after the Mallards scored their first goal Friday night. The bears were donated to Family Resources.
There was a strange weather phenomenon at the Quad City Mallards hockey game Friday night. When the Mallards scored their first goal, the iWireless Center saw a shower of teddy bears rain down on the ice.
Family Resources was the recipient of this year’s Teddy Bear Toss, held by the Mallards to brighten the lives of children who could use the good cheer during the holiday season. Fans brought teddy bears to the game and were asked to throw them onto the ice when the Mallards scored their first goal.
A young fan prepares to toss a teddy bear onto the ice after the Mallards scored their first goal.
Some of our staff were given tickets to attend the game, and they were surprised at the number of teddy bears that were tossed. It took a few minutes for volunteers to scoop them up so the game could continue.
The bears will be given to children who come to Family Resources for a variety of reasons, but always to find a safe place for healing, counseling, or education.
This week, the Davenport Police Union and Association are holding their annual Christmas Toy Drive and Fundraiser to benefit the Family Resources Domestic Violence Shelter and the families we serve.
You can take gifts and donations Monday through Friday to the following drop-off sites in Davenport:
- US Adventure RV, 5120 N. Brady Street
- Matt Sturdevant State Farm, 1903 Pershing Avenue
- Davenport Police Department
On Saturday and Sunday, Davenport Police will be set up in front of JCPenney at North Park Mall to accept toys and donations. On Saturday, December 15, they will be set up from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Sunday they will be set up from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Members of the Burlington Junior Women’s League with our staff at the Burlington office. From left to right: Nikki Jones, Michelle Cox, Jeanne Brus, Kendra Nichols, Kim Korschgen, Lucy Miller, Ashley Hazen, Julie Fitzpatrick, Sara Crozier, and Laura Harmon.
In Burlington, nine of our families that are in crisis were “adopted” by the Burlington Junior Women’s League (BJWL). The women went shopping with wish lists, then wrapped the gifts and delivered them to the Family Resources Burlington office. This will make it a brighter holiday season for 30 children, women and men.
Last month we also reached out to businesses and individual donors in our community to “Adopt a Family for the Holidays.” Last year we were able to make the holidays a bit happier for 150 women and children through this program. The gifts have arrived from this year’s donors, and we’ll have some wrapping parties next week with photos on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/famres). If you use Facebook, please “like” our page so you can remain updated on news and events in real time as they happen.
These are just a few examples of many donors and groups that have come forward to help our children, women and families this holiday season. Each of these activities could not be possible without the kind-hearted people in our region who understand that sometimes each of us needs a helping hand to help us rise above a rough period in our lives. And each of us at Family Resources understands that as we lift our clients to a better place, we are also being supported – by the people in the groups listed here and so many more who give throughout the year to support our mission.