Volunteer Teddies flood central districts!
18th May 2018
Calvary Central Districts Hospital
Calvary Central Districts Hospital recently sought donations of knitted teddy bears, putting the call out via a post on our Facebook page. The teddies are used to comfort and distract paediatric day surgery patients, and our current stocks were running very low. Our knitting group numbers have been declining over the years, and therefore so have teddy numbers.
The post, featuring day surgery patient Claire, received an enormously heart-warming (and slightly overwhelming!) response. The post was shared 607 times reaching more than 88,000 people with more than 100 messages and questions and over a 1000 comments from friends and family members offering support.
Teddies have since been arriving steadily, and we have already received well over 100 bears. They have come from across South Australia; from individuals far and wide, the Red Cross, Lions Club, and charity knitting groups, to the CWA in NSW, and a retirement community in Victoria. One lady contacted us from New Zealand and has promised to send some ‘flat’ bears, which our knitting group will then fatten up with stuffing. Others have taken on knitting for the first time in order to assist, others volunteering to join our knitting group, so we expect more teddies to arrive in the coming months.
We have been overwhelmed with the outpouring of love and support we have received, and we sincerely thank everyone who has taken the time to respond. The newly stocked teddies have put a smile on our faces, and we know the children are going to love them too!
If you are interested in volunteering with Calvary find out more here