USF Nursing B.E.A.R.S. Program

USF Nursing B.E.A.R.S. Program

The holidays may be just a bit happier for some children thanks to the USF College of Nursing and its B.E.A.R.S. program. University Beat on WUSF TV tags along as participants hand out some of the 800 furry friends the program is delivering to young people at Tampa Bay area hospitals.

USF Nursing B.E.A.R.S. Program

Being stuck in the hospital for the holidays is tough for anyone, but it’s especially hard on young people. Students and faculty at the USF College of Nursing are reaching out in a small, but heartfelt way, by handing out teddy bears to 800 young patients in Tampa Bay area hospitals. University Beat on WUSF 89.7 tags along on one of their deliveries, which was only missing Santa and his reindeer.

More Information: 

B.E.A.R.S. (Bulls Encouraging and Assisting through Research and Scholarship) website
$50 to send one child in a Bay area hospital a bear, or a basket of 12 for an entire floor for $500.
Contact Don Snyder ( or 813-974-2570 for more information

Radio - During "Morning Edition" on WUSF 89.7 Tuesday after the 6:45 AM and 8:45 AM newscasts | During "All Things Considered" on WUSF 89.7 Tuesday at 5:44 PM | After "Florida Matters" on WSMR 89.1 Monday just before 10:30 PM
Television - Tuesdays at 11:55 AM and 8:55 PM, and various times throughout the rest of the week

Mark Schreiner

Mark Schreiner has been the producer and reporter for "University Beat" on WUSF 89.7 FM since 2001 and on WUSF TV since 2007. He has worked as an anchor, reporter and producer at radio stations in Tampa and his native Chicago since 1992.

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