Every year, third-graders at Holy Innocents' Episcopal School buys bears to give to underprivileged kids using money they make doing extra chores at home.
"It seems to accomplish a couple of things including the need for the kids to work to make money, and then to spend the money for the benefit of someone else," said Head Chaplain Ned Mulligan.
Each year, the bears are blessed at a chapel service. On Thursday, St. Nicholas Day, Bishop Robert Wright, visited both lower and upper school chapels at Holy Innocents' and joked around with fifth-graders during the blessing of the bears.
"The blessing is a nice touch in terms of holy work, producing holy gifts for God's people," said Mulligan. "The Salvation Army picks them up and distributes them."