The Connecticut Education Foundation’s (CEF) Holiday Bear Project is our holiday gift-giving project that links CEA members, the public, and businesses with needy public school students. Bear down for a worthy cause by sponsoring a needy Connecticut child. Your efforts will help the child bear up during the holidays.
More than 10,000 Connecticut public school students have benefited from the holiday program since it began in 1998.
The holidays will soon be approaching, and this page gives you the information needed to participate. Contact Mary Pat-Soucy if you have questions.
Documentation and Resources
“We can’t thank you enough for your generosity and support. Once again this year, our members, CEA staff, and children opened up their hearts to help bring joy and happiness to some of our neediest students across Connecticut.”
CEA Vice President Tom Nicholas, Connecticut Education Foundation President
Missing the deadline may mean a very disappointed child.
September – November: Sponsor Forms will be accepted continuously throughout the project until all children have sponsors
Friday, October 15: Nomination/Child Information Application.We are no longer accepting nominations. Thank you all for your generosity and support!
Monday, December 2: Gifts delivered to CEA or a CEA UniServ office for distribution
How You Can Participate
Sponsor a Child
CEA will provide information on a nominated child. A sponsor purchases gifts, and drops the package off at the child’s school or closest CEA office.
Be a Self Sponsor
An individual group or local affiliate may nominate AND request to sponsor the child (or a number of children)
Contact Mary Pat-Soucy for more information.
Be a Contributor
Purchase food gift certificates. Don’t want to shop? You can donate money toward gifts for a child.
Contributions made payable to:
CEF – Holiday Bear Project
21 Oak Street Suite 500
Hartford, CT 06106
Nominate a Child
Gifts will be delivered to designated person or place at school.
Nominating teachers will arrange for legal guardian(s) to pick up the gift.