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Airline presents collectible bears to sick kids at Rapid City Regional Hospital

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Children in the Pediatrics Department at Rapid City Regional Hospital received a special visit Tuesday.

Volunteers from United Airlines presented limited-edition 2014 RONDA bears to hospitalized children.

Each RONDA bear came with a passport, which provided the bear's name and where it traveled. The bears were designed by United Airline employees.

Following the design process, United customers and employees are invited to "give a bear, get a bear." For a $50 contribution, the donor receives their own limited-edition 2014 Adventure Bear, sends a second bear to a child in need and makes a donation to the United Airlines Foundation.

Proceeds from the program benefit organizations that support children and their families undergoing health struggles or economic hardship.

"This bear means a lot, when you're in the hospital it's not a fun place for a child to be. So, when you can have something you get to cuddle to, snuggle up with, and stuff it brings a little bit of comfort. So it's a really great program and we really appreciate them doing that today." said Project Coordinator for Childrens Miracle Network, Betty Quasney.

Seven children received bears as part of Tuesday's presentation.

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