Local liquor store's teddy drive a success

By Christine Rumleskie

The Fort St. John BC Liquor Store is once again the champion of a province-wide teddy drive.

The local branch received confirmation on Friday that it was the top seller – for the seventh year in a row – of the Twin Bear program.

In the days leading up to Christmas, BC Liquor Stores sold two teddy bears at a time for $11. One teddy went home with the new owner, while the other went to a child in need.

Local store manager Warren Mears says the 2009 campaign once again sold out all 2,400 bears. He adds many people donated their bears back to the drive, so more children received a new furry friend.

There was some uncertainty that all of the bears would sell-out. On Christmas Eve, there were 400 teddies left. But, Mears says the community once again pulled together to make the drive a success.

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He says all 3,189 bears were given out to kids in the Peace Region. Mears adds the closest competing liquor store sold only around 800 bears.