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Hundreds of bears donated to Toys For Tots

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TEMPE — A lifetime of accumulating, a closing want, and a great deed that may hopefully deliver consolation to tons of of youngsters.

All through her life, Joe Archambeault’s sister, Ruth, amassed an enormous assortment of bears, from stuffed teddy bears to puzzles, slippers, calendars, and a CD case.

“It simply wasn’t one or two, by my depend. [It’s] effectively over ten thousand bears,” he mentioned.

Inside her modest Tempe residence, the bears had been positioned in all places — in luggage, on cabinets — wherever there was sufficient room for an additional one to be showcased.

“It’s unreal what number of bears I’ve uncovered right here, it simply felt like they saved multiplying as I used to be opening up bins,” he mentioned.

Joe’s sister handed away just lately following a combat with most cancers.

“I did ask her earlier than she handed, what would she like performed along with her assortment, and he or she mentioned she’d prefer to have them donated to the youngsters’s hospitals and Toys for Tots,” he mentioned.

So, for the previous couple of weeks, Joe has been going by means of his sister’s bins to grant her closing want.

On Wednesday, members of Toys For Tots confirmed up on the home to gather all the bears and had been instantly in awe of what was in entrance of them.

“That is loopy,” mentioned Sgt. Arlys Luna with Marine Core Toys for Tots Maricopa County.

“I’d say all-time excessive for teddy bear donation,” mentioned Sgt. Felix Ortiz Ramirez.

Field after field stuffed to the brim, now destined for youngsters throughout Maricopa County.

“The truth that a number of youngsters and households across the space are going to be receiving these donations from different folks in the neighborhood I believe speaks volumes about how everyone seems to be sticking collectively,” mentioned Sgt. Ramirez.

For Joe, it is a tender second of therapeutic to satisfy his sister’s final request; it is one final time to attach along with her.

“Giving again to the youngsters proper now, ya, she’d be proud of it,” he mentioned.

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