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Hospital receives Teddy bears made by kids, for kids

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CONCORD — They may be small in stature, but their hearts are big. Local children from Sudbury Extended Day at Haynes School recently spent months sewing, stuffing and decorating 26 bears for Emerson Hospital’s pediatric unit. The twelve children, ranging in age from second to fifth grade, stitched the fuzzy material by hand and added ribbons around the bears’ necks.

The voluntary community service project is open to the entire after-school program, said Sara Burke, a teacher at Sudbury Extended Day. “We offer children opportunities to participate in service projects from the heart,” said Burke. Other recipients of Sudbury Extended Day’s projects include local area hospitals, seniors and area shelters for abused mothers and children.

The Teddy bears serve an important role as children navigate their way through the continuum of care at Emerson Hospital.

“The bears will accompany children to surgery or other procedures and provide comfort and reassurance,” said Kay Liebmann, nurse coordinator of Emerson Hospital’s Pediatric Intervention Team. “And, we can tell our small patients that they were made for kids, by kids.”