We are sending new GUND teddy bears (as shown above) to long term care homes in the Waterloo Region to help comfort residents who are isolated during the COVID-19. Any donation amount is appreciated. A donation of $19 will send one bear and a whole lotta love.
Each bear is sent with a card letting the recipient know that they are loved and have not been forgotten.
"The bears were a big hit!" *****
Here is a link to some pictures of our first shipment
To support this initiative and hear our stories you can follow and like us on Facebook or Instagram @ltcbears or visit our website
Why Bears? Why Now?
Long term care is a very special place full of all kinds of heroes and loved ones (both caregivers and residents).
My heart aches every time I hear stories about long term care residents who are isolated during this pandemic.
Excerpt from an article dated May 18, 2020 by Moira Welsh titled, [Isolated and lonely, ‘caged’ seniors driven to despair — and defiance]
From the confines of her nursing-home room, Sharron Cooke can hear cries of loneliness.
“Hello … Is anybody there? Hello?”
Disembodied voices calling for someone, anyone, go unanswered.
Too often, the elderly live forgotten. My parents, who have both since passed in long term care, loved their bears.
During this pandemic I have been asking myself every day, how can we help?
There was one idea that wouldn’t go away and here we are!
Our goal is to send as many teddy bears as we can during COVID-19.
The goal amount will be increased as we receive more requests and donations.
- Kathleen Culhane
- Mimi Greiling
- Chris Kaine
- Sue Gordon
- Lauren MacDonald
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