CEF Holiday Bear Project

We are excited to introduce the *NEW* Holiday Bear Program!

CEF is happy to introduce its revised Holiday Bear Program. We are so thankful to all of the teachers and sponsors who helped support this important program as we navigated through the holidays and pandemic last year. We are excited to announce a streamlined program that will allow us to support even more students this holiday season.
Highlights include:

  • Streamlined gift list to ensure equity and to provide for more students
  • Duffle bag gift container provided by CEF for each nominee
  • Luggage tag and name label for each gift bag

We are excited for this holiday season and hope that you will support us.
Joslyn DeLancey, CEF President

How You Can Participate

We have closed the sponsorship for Holiday Bear this year but we are accepting monetary donations all year long that can be mailed to, 21 Oak Street, Suite 500 Hartford, CT 06106. Thank you for your generosity and Happy Holidays!

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.

If you do not want to shop, consider making a monetary donation and we will find a shopper for you!

Become A Sponsor

Nominations for Holiday Bear are now closed.

Nominate a Child
Gifts will be delivered to a designated person or place at the school.

Nominating teachers will arrange for legal guardian(s) to pick up the gifts.

Become A Nominator

Holiday Bear Merchandise
You can support the Holiday Bear Project by purchasing a cool shirt, mug, hat, or other swag. A portion of your purchase will go to the CEF Children’s Fund so that students in need will receive special gifts for the holidays.

Click here to purchase fun merchandise to support the Holiday Bear Project


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 due.

Thank you all for your generosity and support!