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Bells and Bears Program Helps Children in Emergency Situations

January 18, 2017

Marshalltown, Iowa-Central Iowa Healthcare (CIH) and McFarland Clinic partnered together this holiday season to collect new stuffed teddy bears to support children in crisis through a “Bells & Bears” program.  

As part of the 25th anniversary of the Holiday Stroll, hospital and clinic staff donated teddy bears to be given to the CIH’s Emergency Department and Child Abuse Prevention Services.  The public was encouraged to donate bears for the cause.
 
A total of 154 bears were donated to the “Bells & Bears” program.  The bears will be given to children to help comfort them in emergency and crisis situations.
 
“Staff of CIH are pleased to have had the opportunity to work jointly with McFarland Clinic on the Bells and Bears program, demonstrating both organizations’ commitment to the community,” stated Deb Borton, Director of Marketing at CIH. “ We are also thankful to be the recipient of a portion of the teddy bears collected this year for children that visit our emergency department.  Our hope is the teddy bears ease the fears of our little ones and provide a sense of security when they are not feeling well.”
 
"The McFarland Clinic providers and staff enjoyed collaborating with CIH staff on the event," said Deb Wollam, Executive Director of McFarland Marshalltown Offices.  "It was a great opportunity to work together on a community initiative that may brighten the day for a child who is in crisis.

Left: CIH Emergency Department Director, Chris Hawkins, and his staff accepting bears from CIH Marketing Director, Deb Borton and Executive Director of McFarland Operations-Marshalltown, Deb Wollam.

Right: Child Abuse Prevention Services (CAPS) accepting bears from CIH Marketing Director, Deb Borton and Executive Director of McFarland Operations-Marshalltown, Deb Wollam

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