"Joe Irwin/Staff Photo North Kitsap Herald front office staffers Laura Lanum, Renee Leonhardt and Shonne Heustis found themselves in fuzzy surroundings this week after the Teddy Bear Coalition made an unscheduled but welcome visit along with 48 of their close friends. The anonymous group gave the NK Toy Drive a pleasant lift and will help bring holiday cheer to all the good little boys and girls of the region. "

“Bellringer ringing merrily The joy spread by Bellringer contributions is growing daily by heaps and…well, bears. Among the many old friends coming to the Herald and Kitsap Bank with their financial contributions were visitors bearing, well bears. The Teddy Bear Coalition gathered dozens of snuggly, best buddy bears looking for new children to love and brought them to the Herald as a Bellringer/ NK Toy Drive donation. The Bellringer Fund sponsored by the Raab Foundation and the Poulsbo Noon Lions Club. All funds raised in the Bellringer Fund Campaign are used to purchase toys and food baskets for North Kitsap people in need. The goal for this year’s fund is $20,000-the same goal the fund reached last year. Donations may be made at Kitsap Bank in Poulsbo, the North Kitsap Herald office (next to Dairy Queen) on Highway 305 in Poulsbo, or checks may be mailed to the Herald office, P. O. Box 278, Poulsbo 98370. Only cash or checks are accepted. Donations may also be made in memory of an individual or family. The Herald prints an update in each issue during the holiday season that includes the names of recent contributors, as well as the amounts of anonymous donations. New toys are also being collected for a North Kitsap Toy Drive sponsored by Jennifer’s, Heritage Fireplace, Kitsap Community Federal Credit Union, Sir Bean, and the North Kitsap Herald. Unwrapped toys and gift certificates may be brought to any of these locations from Nov. 27 to Dec. 14. All toys (including the bears) will be distributed to Fishline. “