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"Bears In The Air" takes flight at South Bend Airport

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Giant bears have landed in South Bend... but not the grizzly kind.

If you're jetting off from the South Bend Regional airport, you'll be greeted by cute cuddly teddy bears.

The "Bears in the Air" program took off at the airport on Tuesday.

Travelers along with the public are invited to donate a bear to the den.

These bears will be given to children at local hospitals during the Christmas season to brighten up their holiday.

"People are going to come into our community." South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg says. "They'll be forming their first impression of our city and they're going to notice something very important about us, which is we're a compassionate community. "

A reception will be held Friday, December 6th at 6:00pm at the airport. Entry to the reception is either a newly purchased teddy bear, or a $10 donation. All money collected will be donated to The Robert L. Miller Sr. Veteran's Center. Last year nearly 500 teddy bears were donated, and $5000 was donated to the veteran's center.

You can donate a newly purchased teddy bear between now and December 22nd.

Last year nearly 500 teddy bears were donated. This is the second year the airport has had the "Bears in the Air" program.

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