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Children at Akron Children’s Hospital Will Receive Teddy Bears from The Hope Foundation’s DreamCatchers for Kids Program

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On Saturday, December 10, the children at Akron Children’s Hospital of Mahoning Valley will be receiving the gift of a soft, cuddly teddy bear from The Hope Foundation of the Mahoning Valley.

Through the Foundation’s DreamCatchers for Kids TM program, the children could create their own special teddy bear including the name, the clothes they would wear and the accessories right from their hospital beds. The forms will be picked up on Saturday morning, at 8:30 am, and taken to the Build A-Bear Workshop in the Southern Park Mall. At 9:30 am, the bears will be made and then delivered back to the children at the hospital.

“Bringing a bit of joy to children who are ill and have to be in the hospital is why I wanted to chair the Build a Bear event again this year,” stated Rey Esparra, Board Member of The Hope Foundation of the
Mahoning Valley.

For over 100 years, teddy bears have been bringing smiles to people’s faces and warming their hearts.
And the best part is that when a child is feeling down, scared or not well they can reach for the teddy
bear and hold onto it and hug it to help ease their fears. The bears provide support and comfort to
children who are battling serious illnesses and this has always been the mission of The Hope
Foundation of the Mahoning Valley.

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