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Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive Coast Dental & Orthodontics SmileCare

Coast Dental and SmileCare Dentists, Orthodontists Collecting 500 Teddy Bears for Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego

Coast Dental and SmileCare dental practices in San Diego partnered with the 26th Annual San Diego Regional Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive to collect new teddy bears now through December 5 to benefit young patients.

  Teddy Bear Drive San Diego, CA (November 10, 2016) – The general dentists, specialists, hygienists and team members at Coast Dental and SmileCare will be delivering more smiles during the holiday season. San Diego orthodontist Geoffrey Kopecky, DDS, is once again spearheading the donation drive of more than 500 new huggable teddy bears to present to Rady Children’s Hospital as part of the 26th annual San Diego Regional Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive. The stuffed animals will be given to sick and injured children spending time in the hospital during Christmas and throughout the year, creating comforting memories to last a lifetime.

This is the fourth year that SmileCare and Coast Dental are participating in the Teddy Bear Drive. Team members and patients have donated more than 1,500 teddy bears to the hospital in the past three years. They’ve set up collection sites at their dental offices in San Diego, Chula Vista, El Cajon, and Temecula.

“We care, we serve and give back together. Our community is our home.” said Dr. Geoffrey Kopecky, an orthodontist at several SmileCare offices in San Diego.

The Teddy Bear Drive is in full swing from now through December 5, people can drop off a new stuffed teddy bear, with tags attached, at any of these San Diego-area SmileCare or Coast Dental locations.

SmileCare Chula Vista
510 Broadway, Suite 4
Chula Vista, CA 91910
(619) 476-9400
SmileCare El Cajon I
1242 East Main St.
El Cajon, CA 92021
(619) 444-6355
SmileCare El Cajon II
2990 Jamacha Road,
Suite 132
El Cajon, CA 92019
(619) 670-1700
SmileCare Kearny Mesa
3820 Convoy Street
San Diego, CA 92111
(858) 569-1100
SmileCare La Mesa
5601 Grossmont Center Dr., Suite 200
La Mesa, CA 91942
(619) 462-2272
SmileCare Mira Mesa
8997 Mira Mesa Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92126
(858) 536-5550
SmileCare Mission Valley
1333 Camino Del Rio S.,
Suite 202
San Diego, CA 92108
(619) 260-4990
Coast Dental Temecula
32909 Temecula Parkway, Suite 102
Temecula, CA 92592
(951) 972-8080
Coast Dental Vista
1279 E. Vista Way
Vista, CA 92084
(760) 208-2518

The Teddy Bear Drive was started in 1990 by Coronado Police Officer Brian Hardy. Since then, more than one million stuffed animals and teddy bears have been donated through the annual drive for Rady Children’s Hospital. It’s grown to include participants from police, sheriff, state, and federal law enforcement agencies and local sponsors. Each year the drive collects over 75,000 bears to brighten the day of sick and injured children visiting Rady Children’s Hospital throughout the year. SmileCare and Coast Dental is proud to be a partner to help it reach its goal.

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About SmileCare
SmileCare Coast Dental of California, Dental Group of Adam Diasti DDS PC, with its professional associations, is one of the largest providers of general and specialty care in the United States with 175 affiliated practices operating as Coast Dental and SmileCare in Florida, Georgia, California, Nevada and Texas. SmileCare offers family dentistry services and orthodontics at all of its California locations, plus many offices offer pediatric dentistry, oral surgery, endodontics, and periodontics. SmileCare accepts more than 200 types of insurance, and has special offers for patients without insurance. To find a location or request an appointment, call 1-800-32-SMILE or visit

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