Spearheaded by IT and with participation from the UofL community, including the Office of the President, the drive has collected more than 800 bears that police officers and other emergency response personnel will use to help comfort children they encounter during the course of their jobs.

What people don’t hear us talk about is our unrelenting commitment to this community, Ramsey told the media. That’s what today’s event is all about.

The IT/UofL campaign will run through March 15.

Don’t bring just one, bring two, Hancock urged.

Bears make you smile. she said.

Since its inception, the Bears on Patrol program has collected more than 200,000 stuffed animals statewide.