The 2016 San Diego Regional Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive launches at Chick-fil-A on Thursday, Nov. 3rd

fotochickfilateddybeardrive0858The 2016 San Diego Regional Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive benefiting Rady Children’s Hospital will launch on Thursday, Nov. 3 at the nine Chick-fil-A restaurants in San Diego County, including the Chick-fil-A restaurant East County’s Chick-fil-A restaurant at 9418 Mission Gorge Road, Santee.

Anyone who brings a new, huggable teddy bear (with tags attached) to a Chick-fil-A in San Diego between 5 and 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3, will receive their choice of a free Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich Meal or four-piece Chick-fil-A Nuggets Kids’ Meal. Limit of one free meal per customer. Some Chick-fil-A restaurants will feature a crime prevention display, as well as police vehicles and equipment at the Teddy Bear Drive Family Night.

teddybearemblemSince it began in 1990, the San Diego Regional Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive has grown to involve 23 law enforcement agencies who collect upwards of 50,000 bears annually. This year, the City of Carlsbad Police Department and City of Coronado Police Department are organizers of the annual effort which runs through Nov. 6, when teddy bears will be delivered to Rady Children’s Hospital.

“The stuffed teddy bear donations go a long way to support and give comfort to some really great children receiving care at the hospital,” said Kyle Steck, Santee Chick-fil-A owner-operator. “One of Chick-fil-A’s goals is to promote community connections and enrich the lives of everyone we come in contact with.”

Chick-fil-A restaurants in San Diego County are located in Chula Vista, Encinitas, Oceanside, San Marcos, Santee, Escondido and in San Diego on Sports Arena Blvd., Camino Ruiz in Mira Mesa and Carmel Mountain Road in Carmel Mountain Ranch. For addresses and directions, visit

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