The Wetaskiwin Health Foundation has launched a teddy bear and stuffed animal drive for younger patients.
Brandy Pfeil, a communications manager at the foundation, told the Pipestone Flyer that coming to the hospital can be “very scary” for anyone, especially children.
“Being able to provide a source of comfort and distraction for children doesn’t make it perfect, but it makes a difference,” Pfeil said.
“Stuffed toys can also be a great communication tool for helping to ease these young patients into interactions with health care staff.”
The foundation started the drive back in February 2019.
Last year, the facility collected 50 teddy bears and stuffed animals. The facility is hoping to collect a similar amount during this year’s drive.
Donations can be dropped off Monday to Thursday at the facility’s office inside the Wetaskiwin Hospital and Care Centre from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Pfeil noted that these younger patients are keeping the toys after they are discharged from the hospital.
“All of our young patients take their new cuddly friends home with them. These simple comfort items become a part of the kids’ health journeys and we wouldn’t dream of taking that away.”