The Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida is partnering once again with The Bears of South Florida to provide teddy bears for children who are patients at the Broward Center, a public health system that encompasses more than 30 South Florida healthcare facilities.
“Hospital stays can be pretty scary for children, and Broward Center volunteers give out our bears throughout the year to help make that time a little less unpleasant for them,” noted Kewan Smith, who coordinates the drive for the chorus. “Last year, which was the first time we held the drive, we were able to contribute more than 600 bears. This year, our goal is 1,000. We already have a strong start as chorus members have been bringing new bears to our rehearsals as well as placing and maintaining bear donation boxes with local businesses for the past several weeks.”
The chorus is encouraging audiences at their December 13-14 and December 20-21 holiday concert performances to help with the bear drive by bringing teddy bears with them to donate at the door. The bears should be new and around 12 to 18 inches in height.
“The need is so great that if someone were faced with a choice of buying one expensive bear or several inexpensive ones, he or she should go with the less expensive ones,” Smith said.
All performances of the concert, “Heaven and Nature Sing,” will be at 8 p.m. at the Sunshine Cathedral (MCC), 1480 SW 9th Street in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets are available on line at gmcsf.org.Gay Men's Chorus of South Florida