8th grader raises more than $1,000 and delivers 100+ teddy bears to authorities in Colorado

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TELLER COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - A young woman in Park County went above and beyond for an eighth grade project.

The Teller County Sheriff's Office is congratulating Havannah Van Egmond for raising more than $1,200 for the community and collecting 159 teddy bears. The bears and money will go to the "Teddy Bear Project," a project that helps provide a little extra comfort to children in need in the community. Officers carry teddy bears in the trunk of their cruisers to comfort children who have been involved in car crashes, domestic disturbances or other traumatic situations.

Some of the bears will also be dispersed to the Cripple Creek Police Department, Woodland Park Police Department, Park County Sheriff's Office, El Paso County Sheriff's Office and Colorado Springs Police.

Havannah's original goal was to raise $1,000 and 200 teddy bears. Her mom says she's already exceeded that and is continuing to do fundraising.

Through a BBQ, "Teddy Bear Paw Run" and so much other hardwork Havannah has been raising funds for months for her school project at Guffey Community Charter School. Guffey is about 30 miles west of Cripple Creek.

If you would like to donate teddy bears to Havannah's cause you can drop off the stuffed animals at Pikes Peak Harley-Davidson. The business is located at 5867 N. Nevada Ave. in Colorado Springs.