ESCONDIDO (CNS) - Escondido police Tuesday sought donations of new stuffed animals to give to Rady Children's Hospital patients.
Officers participating in the 22nd annual Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive set up toy collection boxes in the front lobby of the Escondido Police and Fire Headquarters at 1163 N. Centre City, Community Service Officer Bobbi Akans said.
Donated "huggable-sized" stuffed animals will be collected through Dec. 10. About 80 law enforcement vehicles will travel caravan-style to deliver the toys and, after a brief ceremony, officers will visit patients to hand out the teddy bears, according to Rady Children's Hospital.
The teddy bear drive tradition started in 1990 when a Coronado police officer was on a follow-up call at the hospital and noticed a nearly empty toy donation bin. He then bought 12 bears and donated them to the hospital, according to hospital officials.
It has since grown to more than 100 officers representing 15 agencies who collect up to 40,000 stuffed animals annually, hospital officials said.
San Diego Fire-Rescue Department officials are increasing staffing levels in anticipation of increased fire activity.
It was a hopping good time in Balboa Park on Sunday at the 8th annual Bunnyfest. Hundreds joined the San Diego House Rabbit Society for a big playdate that's all for a good cause. The money raised Sunday will go towards helping the rabbit society find loving homes for their adoptable bunnies.
An early morning vegetation and trash fire at a homeless encampment threatened nearby condos and resulted in at least one injury Sunday.
A major construction project at the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry will be completed ahead of schedule, officials said Sunday.
After a fall-like and mild weekend, temperatures are expected to heat up around San Diego throughout the week.
The city's search for the next top cop is underway as police chief Shelly Zimmerman prepares to step down in March.
More than 200 surfers paddled out for a daunting day-long challenge Saturday inspired by young men in the community facing a far bigger one.
A semi-truck ran over a fire hydrant Saturday afternoon in Grant Hill causing a huge geyser to spray into the air. Luckily, firefighters were just minutes away at a community event and were able to put a stop to the water quickly.