Every year the pediatric program at Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) gets a financial boost thanks to the Kingston General Hospital (KGH) Auxiliary’s Teddy Bear Campaign. The annual tradition is geared toward purchasing patient care equipment and has contributed over $460,000 since its inception in 2004.
The 19th annual campaign runs until Friday, Dec. 23, 2022, with the aim of raising $25,000 through the sponsorship of 250 teddy bears at $100 per bear. According to a release from KHSC, last year, the campaign raised $27,000.
On Monday, Nov. 7, 2022, representatives from Royal Canadian Legion Branch 560, their Ladies Auxiliary and the Young at Heart Club helped to kick off the 2022 campaign with a combined donation of $4,000.
With COVID-19 restrictions again suspending in-person campaign events, donors have several contact-free options for making a donation, KHSC shared:
- Call the KGH Auxiliary office at 613-549-6666 extension 6352.
- Visit www.kingstonhsc.ca to obtain sponsorship instructions and order form.
- Donate through Canada Helps at https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/t/51858. Choose “Teddy Bear Campaign” under “Donation Details.”
Sponsors are able to receive a charitable receipt upon request.
“We see how much children love to receive a fuzzy friend when we distribute the bears across pediatric units at the end of the campaign,” said Heather Breck, KGH Auxiliary President. “And our sponsors love knowing that they’re making much-needed medical equipment available to children when they need it most.”
“At KHSC, we’re committed to ensuring our young patients and their families receive quality and family-centred care during their hospital stay,” added Dr. Bob Connelly, Head of Pediatrics at KHSC and Queen’s University. “With generous support from the community, we’re able to achieve this goal.”