St. Matthew's Episcopal Church Maple Glen, Pennsylvania

Operation Bear Hug 2020

Saint Matthew’s is spreading Christmas cheer by collecting and donating brand-new bears to local centers including Fox Subacute and other senior residences in our community.

Update: “We did it!!! Over 564 bears 🐻 were collected and shared with local seniors and hospital patients for Christmas πŸŽ„ For some this may be their only gift and it will mean someone cares about them! YOU made a difference in this crazy year!” ~ Lisa

View 6abc’s Hometown Heroes segment about our Operation Bear Hug ministry, which aired on December 23, 2020. Read the full article here.

Operation Bear Hug 2020 Photo Gallery


  • Purchase a brand-new bear and drop it off in the boxes by the kitchen, or outside St. Matthew’s (919 Tennis Ave, Maple Glen) in the plastic bins at the lower parking lot entrance to the Narthex.
  • Purchase a brand-new bear online via an online retailer or Amazon (see our Wish List for options) and send it to Lisa Walsh. Her home address is 126 Morning Walk Dr., Warrington PA 18976.
  • Make a donation through our online giving page by choosing “Operation Bear Hug” from the dropdown menu (or click on the button below), and we will purchase bears for you!
  • We will be collecting bears until December 21. Donations made after that date will be used for Operation Bear Hug 2021.
  • Questions? Reach out to Lisa Walsh via email or via telephone at 215-518-3316.

Please help us make someone feel special and loved during the Christmas season, especially since so many are unable to be with their loved ones.

An update from Lisa Reilly Walsh on Operation: Bear Hug — “We did it!! Over 530 bears 🐻 to share with seniors and…

Posted by St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church on Thursday, December 17, 2020

476 Bears donated to isolated seniors in residents in our community! Can we get to 500πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰Delivering bears on Friday,…

Posted by Lisa Reilly Walsh on Wednesday, December 16, 2020

What a great start! 46 Bears and counting…I have an updated link that has a variety of bears that can be purchased in…

Posted by Lisa Reilly Walsh on Thursday, November 19, 2020