Charity providing teddy bears to sick children in hospitals desperate for donations
REGINA – The founder of Teddy Bears Anonymous, a local charity that gives teddy bears to sick children in hospitals, is worried about the future of the organization.
“We need a corporate sponsor or, by [April], the teddy bears for the sick children program in Regina is probably going to expire. We can claw back, but that’s only a band aid situation,” said Luke Lawrence.
Demand (1,000 teddy bears per month in Regina) is outpacing the rate of donations; specifically, $40,000 is needed.
The teddy bears are distributed in seven hospitals in Saskatchewan, but only donations in Regina are lagging.
Lawrence, whose daughter died due to cancer, started the program in 2008.
The toys are manufactured to be sterile enough so that children can take them into surgery rooms, he said.
“What it does for the kids, sometimes they forget why they’re there. There are a lot of places in the hospital where mom and dad can’t go,” said Lawrence.
About 55,000 teddy bears have been given out so far.
The charity is accepting donations online.