|NARH volunteers create thousands of "Pedi Bears"|
Nov 11, 2011
(Nov. 11, 2011) Volunteers at North Adams Regional Hospital have been busy creating “Pedi Bears,” given to all children who come to NARH as patients. The bears are handmade by a team of 12 NARH volunteers who collect donated material, cut and sew together the pieces, and stuff and finish the bears. The public is invited to view a display honoring their work outside the NARH Cafeteria until Friday, Nov. 25.
“Some of these bears become treasured mementos for kids – and even some adults – who have been to the Emergency Department or who have been admitted to the hospital,” said volunteer Sue Reutlinger. “We have a very dedicated group of volunteers who enjoy doing this, and we’re gratified by support we receive in the form of donations.”
Volunteers who make the bears include Reutlinger, Frances Feustel, Mary Anne Carter, Dottie Howe, Elinor Long, Carolyn Marcil, Peg Morandi, Nancy Parinno, Nancy Patenaude, Peg Slade, Roberta Whitney-Smith, Oralie Thurston, Grace Williams, and Anne Marie Wright. The group meets monthly at Reutlinger’s home to complete as many bears as they can – recently creating 100 bears in one sitting. So far this year they have made 3,000 and distributed more than 2,500 to patients.
The program depends on donations from the Friendly Circle of the United Methodist Church in North Adams and Maggie Guiden and the Friendship Club at the Harper Center in Williamstown. Donations of material come from Talia’s Quilt Shop in North Adams and from friends, neighbors, and employees of North Adams Regional Hospital.