MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The bears are back and that’ll bring smiles to hundreds of children across South Florida. We’re talking about the Neighbors 4 Neighbors Adopt-a-Bear program.

Wednesday, Ol’ Saint Nick himself helped deliver 100’s of teddy bears to judges at the Miami-Dade Juvenile Justice Center.

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CBS4’s Chief Investigator Michele Gillen founded the Adopt a Bear program several years ago after learning the justice system shelves were bare of bears.

The program provides disadvantaged children with teddy bears during difficult moments in their lives and the juvenile court judges give the bears to abused and neglected children who show up in court and are terrified.

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The teddy bear drop off for the justice department was just the first of the day.

Michele and her team of holiday volunteers from across our community also delivered teddy bears to the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Headquarters in Doral so the department so can stock ambulances with teddy bears for the children they rescue.

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