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2017 CEF Holiday Bear Project

The Connecticut Education Foundation's (CEF) Holiday Bear Project is our holiday gift-giving project that links CEA members, the public, and businesses with needy public school students. Bear down for a worthy cause by sponsoring a needy Connecticut child. Your efforts will help the child bear up during the holidays.

More than 10,000 Connecticut public school students have benefited from the holiday program since it began in 1998.

The holidays will soon be approaching, and this page gives you the information needed to participate. Contact Mary Pat Soucy marypats@cea.org if you have questions.


Documentation and Resources

My Favorite Things Worksheet Instruction Flyer
Information for Nominators

"We can't thank you enough for your generosity and support. Once again this year, our members, CEA staff, and children opened up their hearts to help bring joy and happiness to some of our neediest students across Connecticut."

CEA Vice President Jeff Leake,
Connecticut Education Foundation President


Missing the deadline may mean a very disappointed child.

· Friday, October 20 Nomination/Child Information Application
· September - November Sponsor Forms will be accepted continuously throughout the project until all children have sponsors
· Friday, December 1 Gifts delivered to CEA or a CEA UniServ office for distribution

  • Nominate a Child

    Gifts will be delivered to designated person or place at school.

    Nominating teachers will arrange for legal guardian(s) to pick up the gift.


  • Sponsor a Child

    CEA will provide information on a nominated child. A sponsor purchases gifts, and drops the package off at the child's school or closest CEA office.


    Be a Self Sponsor

    An individual group or local affiliate may nominate AND request to sponsor the child (or a number of children)


  • Be a Contributor

    Purchase food gift certificates. Don't want to shop? You can donate money toward gifts for a child.

    Contributions made payable to:


    CEF - Holiday Bear Project

    21 Oak Street
    Suite 500
    Hartford, CT 06106

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