Christmas Bears donated for children at Hamilton

Thursday, January 03, 2013

  From left are Heather Hartman, pediatric charge nurse, and Stephanie Wilcox, Human Resources specialist.
 From left are Heather Hartman, pediatric charge nurse, and Stephanie Wilcox, Human Resources specialist.
From left are Ashley Gilley, Emergency Department nurse; Stephanie Wilcox, Human Resources specialist; and Kayla Rewis, Emergency Department technician. 
From left are Ashley Gilley, Emergency Department nurse; Stephanie Wilcox, Human Resources specialist; and Kayla Rewis, Emergency Department technician. 

 Textile Industrial Welding recently donated 24 teddy bears to Hamilton Medical Center (HMC) to make some children’s Christmas a little brighter.

“We wanted to give back to our own community in a small way,” said Joann McMullen of Textile Industrial Welding.

McMullen said that her husband had given a stuffed dog to their grandson and that the boy takes it everywhere. “I know it’s a comforting agent for him, and we’re hoping the Christmas bears will be comforting to the children at Hamilton,” McMullen said.

Stephanie Wilcox, Human Resources specialist for HMC, volunteered to dress up as an elf to deliver the Christmas Bears to children in the hospital just before Christmas.

“I know firsthand what it’s like for a child to be in the hospital during Christmas,” said Wilcox. “It made my day to see a little boy’s face who was in the Emergency Department light up when I gave him a teddy bear.”