Teddy Bears Land at Shriners Hospital in Celebration of National Teddy Bear Day


Three women taking Shriners bears out of boxes

Sixty teddy bears landed at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California, just in time to celebrate National Teddy Bear Day on Sunday, Sept. 9.  The hospital’s child life team was all smiles as they unpacked boxes of the bears donated by Southwest® Airlines and Build-A-Bear, knowing what joy they would bring to kids at the hospital.

“Imagine how happy it makes a young child recovering from surgery feel to receive a plush, new teddy bear,” says Erin Carpenter, child life specialist.  “The teddy bears also will play an important role in our medical play activities.   A young patient may have fun dressing a teddy bear in a surgical cap and gown and pretending to check the bear’s heart rate. At the same time, the activity helps the child understand and deal with the procedures they experience in the hospital,” she adds.

Little girl smiling while being giving a bear

Southwest Airlines donated 10,300 bears to hospitals that participate in its Medical Transportation Grant Program, which provides air travel to nonprofit hospitals and medical transportation organizations.  Shriners Hospitals for Children is one of 36 children’s hospitals to benefit from the donation.

As a regional pediatric medical center, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California responds to the medical needs of children throughout California, the Western United States and the northwestern regions of Mexico.  Children with severe burns and other urgent medical needs are admitted through a physician-to-physician referral and transported to the hospital in Sacramento for specialized pediatric care. The hospital is distinguished by the American Burn Association (ABA) and the American College of Surgeons (ACS) as a verified pediatric burn center. The Northern California Shriners also is ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the nation’s top 50 hospitals for pediatric orthopaedics, a ranking it shares with the UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

Donations support Shriners Hospitals for Children in its mission to transform the lives of children through expert care and research.  Treatment specialties include orthopaedics, burns, spinal cord injury, plastic surgery, cleft lip surgery and pediatric surgery.  Admission to the program is based on two criteria — age and diagnosis.  All care is provided regardless of the families’ ability to pay.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is devoted to transforming the lives of children through excellence in treatment, teaching and research.  Located at 2425 Stockton Boulevard in Sacramento, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California provides care to children with orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, burns, cleft lip, scars from any cause and other complex surgical needs. There are no barriers to care as admission is based on age and diagnosis.   Care is provided regardless of the families’ ability to pay. For further information call (916) 453-2000.

Media Contact:  Catherine Curran | Public Relations (916) 453-2218 | ccurran@shrinenet.org