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on December 07, 2012 at 11:00 AM, updated December 07, 2012 at 11:09 AM
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Just when you thought he couldn't break any more records, another year rolls around and this edition of Surrogate Robert J. Gigante's 12th annual Teddy Bear Drive beats all the others.
The scoop is that nearly 1,000 of the adorable, fluffy creatures were collected, half for distribution to those who suffered harrowing experiences as a result of Hurricane Sandy, through the Carl Vincent Bini Foundation, and the other half to the American Cancer Society, for children afflicted with cancer.
Over the years some 5,000 bears have been distributed.
And once again, Gigante partnered with Richmond County Court personnel, the behind-the-scenes folks who rise to the occasion year after year, including court officers, clerks, staffers and friends, who collect teddy bears for donation.
"Two things happened this year," said Gigante, "the expansion to include the victims of Hurricane Sandy to be distributed through the Carl Vincent Bini Foundation and the other half to the American Cancer Society."