Help the IIA of IL provide a teddy bear to each patient that checks into St. Jude Children's Research Hospital this year!

This year, the IIA of IL would like to encourage you to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by participating in the Bear-A-Thon. Our goal is to raise enough money to give every patient at St. Jude a teddy bear. By donating $10, or encouraging your staff and clients to donate $10, you will help us collect enough money to purchase 8,000 teddy bears for St. Jude patients.


Why can we not just donate teddy bears? Unfortunately, stuffed animals hold a great deal of germs so donating gently used teddy bears could put a patient at risk. Because the Association staff is in Springfield, and our members are all around the state, it’s not feasible to visit the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to purchase the bears.


Public support makes possible life-saving research and treatments for more than eight thousand children currently in active status as patients at St. Jude. St. Jude treats patients without regard to race, religion or ability to pay. In fact, no family ever receives a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food because all a parent should worry about is helping their child live.

Clients want to do business with those that support their community or charity. We encourage you to place this sign in your agency, or around town, to encourage everyone to donate to this amazing cause. The IIA of IL will customize the flyer with your agency contact information and send it directly to you. You can collect cash donations, checks, or point your clients to this page to donate online.

As outsiders, we cannot begin to understand what these children or their families are going through. Why not give just a little bit of cash to give the kids at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital a little bit of comfort in the form of a teddy bear?

Contact Rachel Romines at or (217) 321-3024 with questions or to request a receipt for tax purposes.

Print a customized flyer with your agency information. Contact Rachel Romines at with agency contact info.



After you donate, print one of these flyers to post on Social Media. Show your followers that you gave St. Jude a Bear Hug!

We Gave a Bear Hug - PDF

We Gave a Bear Hug - JPG (for social media)

I Gave a Bear Hug

I Gave a Bear Hug - JPG (for social media)

Don't want to pay online? Send a check, payable to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to:
Rachel Romines
4360 Wabash Ave.
Springfield, IL 62711

Rachel Romines

(217) 321-3024

Independent Insurance Agents of Illinois

4360 Wabash Ave.

Springfield, IL 62711

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