Teddy Bear Roundup drop off locations

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Winter was a member of the Tampa Rough Riders, and for several years the Rough Riders spent money out of their own pockets to buy Teddy bears to take to children in hospitals.

The stuffed bear is named after President Theodore Roosevelt, and the Tampa Rough Riders were formed to preserve the memory of Roosevelt and his service with the 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry when they fought in the Spanish-American War in 1898.

Winter put out the word and viewers started dropping off Teddy bears at the TV station. Winter took his life in 2007, but the Teddy Bear effort didn’t stop.

WFLA renamed the effort, “The John Winter Teddy Bear Roundup” and the collection and distribution of Teddy bears has grown every year.

The 2018 Teddy Bear Roundup runs from Friday, Nov. 23 thru Tuesday, Dec. 18.

News Channel 8 and the Rough Riders are collecting teddy bears to give to children in area hospitals during the holidays. You can help place a smile on a child’s face by bringing a new, unwrapped Teddy bear to the News Channel 8 studio or any of the drop-off locations below.

The News Center

200 South Parker St.

Tampa, FL 33606

Regions Bank

All locations in Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, and Polk Counties.


Allstate Insurance 

Hillsborough Allstate Offices: 

Allstate Agent Craig Arndt 

18932 N. Dale Mabry Hwy Suite 102.  

Lutz, 33548 

(813) 964-0608 

Allstate Agent Debbie Bates 

837 Cypress Village Blvd.  

Sun City Center, 33573 

(813) 633-0006 

Allstate Agent Debbie Bates 

1767 Kings Ave. 

Brandon, 33511 

(813) 681-9696 

Allstate Agent John Clarkson 

12307 Boyette Road 

Riverview, 33569 

(813) 236-2994 

Allstate Agent Lisette Fernandez 

4935 Van Dyke Road  

Lutz, 33558 

(813) 269-5707 

Allstate Agent Anthony Ifasi 

2020 W. Brandon Blvd. Suite 115 

Brandon, 33511 

(813) 689-9798 

Allstate Agent Mike Lia 

11001 N. Dale Mabry Hwy.  

Tampa, 33618 

(813) 960-0255 

Allstate Agent Paul Phaneuf 

3641 W Kennedy, Suite F 

Tampa, 33609 

(813) 353-0303 

Allstate Agent Samuel Scott 

6577 Gunn Hwy 

Tampa, 33625 

(813) 926-1918 

Allstate Agent Naomi Taylor-Kennedy 

4322 El Prado Blvd.  

Tampa, 33629 

(813) 902-8300 

Allstate Agent Ryan Toombs 

4551 Gunn Hwy 

Tampa, 33624 

(813) 963-0596 

Pasco Allstate Offices: 

Allstate Agent Mo Ward  

9344 Little Road 

New Port Richey, 34654 

(727) 862-2886 

Allstate Agent Stephen Ward 

2439 Country Place Blvd., Suite 103 

Trinity, 34655 

(727) 862-6609 

Pinellas Allstate Offices: 

Allstate Agent David Beck 

3800 Tampa Rd., #140 

Oldsmar, 34677 

(813) 855-7326 

Allstate Agent Lynette Coley 

4326 Park Blvd. Suite F 

Pinellas Park, 33781 

(727) 548-5555 

Allstate Agent Ken Gersbach 

3237 Tyrone Blvd.  

St. Petersburg, 33710 

(727) 343-1500 

Allstate Agent Frank Perez 

800 East Bay Drive, #0 

Largo, 33770 

(727) 585-6200 

Allstate Agent Gus Rodriguez 

490 Indian Rocks Road, Suite C 

Belleair Bluffs, 33770 

(727) 637-0411 

Allstate Agent Darryl Stidham 

2694 Sunset Point Road 

Clearwater, 33759 

(727) 475-5696 

Allstate Agent David Tapia 

133 N. Garden Ave.  

Clearwater, 33755 

(727) 449-8800 

Allstate Agent Christopher Teall 

40741 U.S. Highway 19 N. 

Tarpon Springs, 34689 

(727) 938-7274 

Allstate Agent Helen Wade 

3209 30th Ave S. 

St. Petersburg, 33712 

(727) 866-6311 

Allstate Agent Lois Woods 

147 2nd Avenue S, Suite 406  

St. Petersburg, 33701 

(727) 327-5531 

Adams Air & Hydraulics, Inc. 
7209 E. Adamo Drive, Tampa, 33619 

(813) 626-4128 

Medicine River Animal Hospital   

13495 Gulf Blvd., Madeira Beach, 33708 

(727) 299-9029 

Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Office 

West Pasco Government Center 

8731 Citizens Drive, New Port Richey 34654 

(727) 847-8162 

The Preferred Group   

1000 N Ashley Drive, Tampa 33606 

(813) 251-0802 

Salemi’s Body Shop   

1602 N Armenia Ave, Tampa 

(813) 879-2723 

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