900 Teddy bears donated at the Fairbanks Memorial Hospital

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) Over 900 teddy bears were donated to the Fairbanks Memorial Hospital August 22nd. This yearly event was run by Vernon Nash Antique Club member Doris Casey. They collected teddy bears from the Lowes parking lot on July 13th and dropped off a massive donation. This will benefit the children in the pediatric ward at the Fairbanks memorial hospital as all donations are going directly to the kids.

Over 900 teddy bears were donated to the Fairbanks Memorial Hospital September 22nd. This yearly event was run by Vernon Nash Antique Club member Doris Casey. (Carly Sjordal/KTVF)

Adrianne Pennington, the Nurse Manager of Pediatrics at the Fairbanks Memorial Hospital spoke to just how important these donations are to the children.

“Being in the hospital for a child is a really scary place to be. Anything we can do to make it not so scary makes a huge difference to them. We’re having to go in there in full isolation gear so that means a gown, gloves, and masks. For a toddler that’s something that’s really scary and they already don’t feel good. So that just adds to their negative experience. We’re able to bridge that gap by giving them things like Teddy bears and other things so this makes a huge difference.” Said Pennington.

The Vernon Nash Antique Club hopes the donations will be even greater for next year. Donations are taken at any time from Doris Casey at 488-3321.

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