"Bear-y" Thoughtful Volunteers Sew 16,000+ Teddy Bears for Young Patients
Legacy at Willow Pond residents recently gathered to continue a program they've embraced for more than a decade—sewing teddy bears to comfort patients at UR Medicine's Golisano Children's Hospital. As part of the Friends of Strong volunteer effort, this dedicated group of residents from the Willow Pond community creates teddy bears—by the thousands—for children throughout the hospital.
"Our Legacy at Willow Pond volunteers share their time and talent in so many ways and I am delighted that their efforts have reached the significant milestone of more than 16,000 teddy bears," said Michelle Kennison, Executive Director of the Legacy at Willow Pond. "Our vision is to create extraordinary communities where people thrive, and the donation of these bears is the perfect example of making a meaningful connection to the youngest patients at Golisano Children's Hospital."
"We strive to create the most comfortable health care experience for everyone we serve," says Sandy Arbasak, Director of Friends of Strong. "Helping coordinate the work of this generous, dedicated community group is one of our favorite ways to bring that comfort to our patients and families."
More than 21 residents and other community volunteers participate in the teddy bear project, cutting fabric, filling, stuffing and sewing the bears.
Friends of Strong supports this effort by coordinating with the group and delivering the teddy bears to units and clinics where they create smiles among kids of all ages.
The project is one of many hosted by the Legacy communities. From laughter yoga, to classes on art, music, history, culture and even Wii bowling—the residents share a passion for continued learning and giving back to our community.
Matt Ulakovic |