They’re little, cuddly and cute, and they can do a lot to help make sick kids feel better. Teddy bears are often handed out at Saskatchewan hospitals to kids receiving care, thanks to generous donations from the community.
One of those donations is from the public through Go Toys and the Calendar Club in Saskatoon.
Operating Room nurse Carole Birtch (ORT/LPN) snuggles up with a mound of teddy bears donated to Saskatoon hospitals through
Go Toys and the Calendar club in Saskatoon.
Units that deal directly with children in Saskatoon received a total of 1,474 teddy bears this way last year.
“These bears have brought joy and smiles to patients and their families at all three hospitals in Saskatoon,” notes Anne-Marie DeWeert, operating room manager at Royal University Hospital (RUH).
Some of the departments to share in this bounty of bears were the test centre at RUH, pediatric outpatients at RUH, the pediatric orthopedic outpatient clinic, diagnostic imaging, pediatric intensive care, acute care pediatrics, emergency, and the post-anesthesia care unit. Two units for seniors also received bears to comfort some of their patients.
“The joy these bears have brought to our patients and their families is really beyond measure,” says DeWeert.