CONCORD, Va. (WFXR) — A Virginian non-profit is giving some joy to children around the world in recognition of National Teddy Bear Day on Friday!

Gleaning For The World is partnering with Mister Goodies to collect new or gently used stuffed animals for its Teddy Bear Brigade program’s third annual SHARE-a-BEAR-a-THON event.

“We are incredibly grateful to the team at Mister Goodies for their partnership and generosity with the SHARE-a-BEAR-a-THON event,” Gleaning’s president Jeane Smiley-Mason said. “This is our third year celebrating National Teddy Bear Day at Mister Goodies!”

Gleaning For the World collects, cleans, sorts, packs and sends stuffed animals all year long through its Teddy Bear Brigade program. They place the packaged bears onto international shipping containers which are sent to partners who distribute the toys to children living in refugee camps, orphanages, or in poverty. The stuffed animals are also given to children survivors of natural disasters as a way to bring them comfort after a traumatic event.

“SHARE-a-BEAR-a-THON is a great opportunity for folks in our community to help children in need,” Smiley-Mason added. “We hope to see another big crowd this year!”

The organization distributes approximately 35,000 stuffed animals yearly to children through the program.

If you are ready to give your gently-used or brand-new stuffed animals a new home, drop off your stuffed animals at Gleaning’s donation truck at the Gleaning For the World, Inc. — which will be parked in the parking lot.

There is no limit on age for the event nor on the number of stuffed animals you can donate, however, there is a limit of one free ice cream item per donor.

Mister Goodies will be offering a free ice cream cone to any person who donates a stuffed animal during the Friday, Sept. 9 event from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m, and all free ice cream tickets must be redeemed during that time. Anyone who donates three or more stuffed animals can receive any Mister Goodies menu item for free.

Visit Mister Goodies’ truck on Timberlake Road for your free ice cream.