Little Boy with a Big Heart: Garrett Tews Donates Teddy Bears and Stuffed Animals to Patients at Diamond Children’s for Christmas

Dec 20, 2013

Little 6-year-old Garrett Tews has a big heart for hospitalized children.

For the second year in a row, Garrett has collected teddy bears and other stuffed animals to give to patients at The University of Arizona Medical Center - Diamond Children’s and Tucson Medical Center.

He has collected approximately 300 stuffed animals to donate to the two hospitals.

Garrett will be donating the stuffed animals to patients at Diamond Children’s on Monday, Dec. 23, at 9 a.m.

“I want every patient to have a new bear or stuffed animal on Christmas morning,” said Garrett.

Garrett is in Kindergarten at Acacia Elementary School. His teacher, Jillian Slade, and his classmates helped Garrett collect the stuffed animals.

A number of stores in Vail and Rita Ranch have boxes in which new stuffed animals can be donated for the children Garrett is committed to help:


  • Del Lago Golf Clubhouse
  • B and Q Nails
  • Acacia Elementary Office
  • Dairy Queen

Rita Ranch:

  • Ace Hardware
  • BTO Yogurt

Garrett’s family also created a “Go Fund Me” page for those interested in making cash donations to purchase new teddy bears:

“We’re proud of Garrett,” said his mom, Leah. “I believe in teaching children when they are young about philanthropy and bettering their community.”

“I want to do this forever,” said Garrett.

“This is such a special donation,” said Lori Mitts, BS, CCLS, child life manager at Diamond Children’s. “We are always so touched when a child wants to help other children. The teddy bears and stuffed animals Garrett has collected will certainly bring a smile to our patients’ faces!”

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