MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Montclair Center BID has once again set loose a teddy bear scavenger hunt to donate food – only this time they’re all over the district. Smaller (but still enormous) bears are being sponsored around town at various stores and locales to collect nonperishable food items for local food banks.
“We had so much fun last year,” said Executive Director Israel Cronk, “we were excited to unleash a whole army of giant bears on downtown. We hope everyone is encouraged to bring their nonperishable food donations downtown and go find some fuzzy bears!”
The BID Bear program is also supported by the Partnership for Health Foundation.
The bears will be collecting nonperishable food items for the Human Needs Pantry, Toni’s Kitchen and the Salvation Item Feeding Program. Some bears are permanently located at Hair 491, Dirt & Noise, Park Street Auto, the Little Gym and L3 Academy. Bears will also be moving around different locations every day from stores, to the library, to restaurants.
The food drive will end on Friday, Dec 1.
The Montclair Center BID is directly responsible for the music performances, beautification projects including plants and decorations, banners, wayfinding signage and maintenance throughout the district. Working with the Township, local utilities and services and its renowned Ambassador staff, it ensures that the downtown Montclair area is clean, bright and in excellent working order. By encouraging dynamic collaboration, the Montclair Center BID also creates exciting events for shoppers and tourists, marketing opportunities for retailers and restauranteurs, and actively seeks to improve the area for businesses and residents.