Preschoolers Create Teddy Bears for Pediatric Patients
Preschoolers at Ahwatukee’s Children of Hope Child Development Center are putting some smiles on sick kids’ faces and a teddy bear in their arms.
According to the Ahwatukee Foothills News, the preschoolers participated in the Hug-A-Bear campaign by donating teddy bears that they made at Build-A-Bear Workshop. The teddy bears were given to pediatric surgical patients at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
The Hug-A-Bear charity was created by Stephanie St. Clair, who is a close friend of Children of Hope teacher Lisa Krach, the paper reported.
“St. Clair decided she wanted to get kids to make bears for children in the hospital,” Krach told the newspaper. “She brought it to my attention that this was something that she wanted to do, and I thought it was great.”
As with every bear made at Build-A-Bear, a small cotton heart is placed inside before it is totally sewn up. But before the bears could be finished, the Children of Hope kids made a wish on the heart toward their “bear pal,” the newspaper said.
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