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In recognition of national Care Bears Share Your Care Day, a 13-year-old philanthropist donated 500 Care Bears plush toys to Orange County first-responders on Friday at South Coast Plaza.

San Diego resident Jessica Carscadden, founder of the nonprofit We Care Bears Project, presented the toys, which were provided by American Greetings Entertainment.

The event coincided with the 15th annual Festival of Children, a series of charity outreach events taking place throughout September.

On Saturday and Sunday, South Coast Plaza is also hosting a Care Bear donation drive near Carousel Court. Share Bear will also be present to meet children on both days from noon to 2 p.m.

Donors can bring in a Care Bear or buy one to donate at a 15% discount at South Coast Plaza's Puzzle Zoo store .

Earlier this month, Carscadden received a FRED Award — which stands for "For Really Extraordinary 'Do'ers'" — from the Festival of Children Foundation.

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