Brave skydiving teddy bears will be donated to kids at Fargo hospitals


Dozens of skydivers jumped out of airplanes at Skydive Fargo with something special in tow – a teddy bear.

Forty-eight teddy bears made the leap Saturday, WDAY reports, and they will be handed out to children at Sanford Children's Hospital and Essentia Health in Fargo, the Canopies for Kids Facebook page says.

The hope is the teddy bears, who also went through something scary after jumping out of an airplane 12,000 feet above the ground, will give children the support and courage they need while they're in the hospital, Canopies for Kids, an Illinois-based nonprofit, says on its website.

"It's for the kids, especially the group of kids we are going to deliver these bears to, they need a little extra reason to smile and I hope we can put some smiles on their faces," Kent Ridle, who escorted a bear on the jump, told WDAY.

In addition to "The Bravest Stuffed Teddy Bear in the World," the children will get a message from the skydiver who joined the bear on the jump, Canopies for Kids notes.

The bear kits cost $20 (not including the fee to jump), and $5 of the cost goes to benefit the Fargo hospitals.

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