The exchange is scheduled for one p.m., on Monday, December 19, at the truck depot of the Ambassador Bridge. The teddy bears will be released to Community EMS crewmembers, who will be driving them to New Orleans in an ambulance. “We are more than happy to be doing this for the kids that have suffered so much these last few months. Hopefully each of these bears bring back a little piece of the joy that’s been lost,” said Greg Chittle, a Community EMS employee who donated his time to the hurricane relief.
Upon arrival in New Orleans, the district attorney’s office will distribute the bears through the city’s police and fire departments.
The RCMP requested Community EMS’s assistance in delivering the teddy bears after hearing of their previous aid to hurricane victims. In September 2006, five Community EMS ambulances and crews responded to the hurricane rescue efforts in Louisiana and Texas.