Bartell’s helps spread bear hugs throughout the Puget Sound

April 1, 2019

Bartell’s helps spread bear hugs throughout the Puget Sound

The annual Teddy Bear Patrol donation drive begins this week


In moments of distress, it’s not easy to help console those affected. First responders, emergency room personnel and law enforcement officials do what they can to diffuse situations of stress. With help from a stuffed teddy bear, that task becomes a little bit easier.


For the past 30 years, Bartell’s has been a supporter and donation source for Teddy Bear Patrol; a program created by local radio station, WARM 106.9. The mission of this program is to help those interacting with first responders find calmness in stressful situations through the comfort of a teddy bear. During the month of April, Bartell’s and WARM 106.9 partner together to help send “bear hugs” through this successful program.


“Bartell’s and WARM 106.9 are proud to have helped collect over 300,000 teddy bears in the past 30 years. We support Teddy Bear Patrol because we truly know that it makes a difference in the lives of those in our communities. These bears can positively impact not only children, but anyone in any life stage that may find themselves in a traumatic situation involving first responders. Because of this program, police officers, nurses and EMTs have something tangible that they’re able to offer to help comfort those dealing with trauma or stress. Simply receiving a teddy bear can bring calm and peace to those affected.” said Adam Wampler, SVP of Operations at Bartell Drugs.


All Bartell’s locations will participate in the donation drive from now until April 27th. Customers are encouraged to visit their neighborhood location, purchase an official teddy bear for $8.00 and Bartell’s will match the contribution, bear for bear. For more information on the program and to find a nearby Bartell’s location, visit




About Bartell Drugs: Operating 68 locations in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties and serving the Northwest since 1890, locally owned Bartell Drugs is dedicated to providing extraordinary service that advances health, happiness and wellbeing. For more information on Bartell Drugs, visit

Media Contact: Hannah Kubiak, Communications Manager, Bartell Drugs, 206-933-9416 or