Skip to Content

Central Oregon motorcyclists’ 23rd annual Teddy Bear Run rolls on, despite COVID-19

An extra
St. Charles Health System
An extra "passenger" was the whole idea at the 23rd annual Central Oregon Teddy Bear Run on Saturday

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – A nearly quarter-century tradition of Central Oregon motorcycle riders rolling into town and providing hundreds of cuddly teddy bears to Central Oregon’s youngest patients wasn’t about to be stopped by a pandemic, though it did have to change a bit.

The 23rd annual Teddy Bear Run took place on Saturday, as 130 riders from ABATE of Oregon's Central Oregon chapter and the Central Oregon Motorcycle Riders loaded up and zoomed their way to the four St. Charles hospitals in Bend, Redmond, Prineville and Madras with their special “passengers.”

They delivered 2,000 teddy bears for the pediatric patients, though they had to be handed off to caregivers, rather than directly to the kids, due to COVID-19 precautions St. Charles officials said in a Facebook post Monday, “but the sentiment was still the same.”

“Thank you for your participation and the donation of these sweet teddy bears,” the hospital system said in its posting.

Article Topic Follows: Community Billboard

Jump to comments ↓

KTVZ news sources


KTVZ NewsChannel 21 is committed to providing a forum for civil and constructive conversation.

Please keep your comments respectful and relevant. You can review our Community Guidelines by clicking here

If you would like to share a story idea, please submit it here.

Skip to content