Teddy Bears Help Children in Duress

A trip to the emergency room can be a stressful event, especially for a child. Understanding how a little furry friend can go a long way for peace of mind, the Assistance League Inland North County has been donating teddy bears to the Palomar Medical Center Escondido Emergency Department for more than 10 years.

“When a child is in trauma, to give them comfort means the world,” says Gloria Christianson, the Chairman of the Hug-A-Bear Committee that coordinates the monthly delivery of 125 stuffed bears to the medical center.

Assistance League is a national philanthropic volunteer organization that serves the community through six initiatives, including Hug-A-Bear.

The organization operates thrift stores to raise money for the purchase of the bears.

Photo caption: From left: Katie Chen, RN, Gloria Christianson, Hug-A-Bear Committee, Andrew Taylor, RN, show three of the 125 teddy bears the Assistance League Inland North County donates to Palomar Medical Center Escondido every month.