Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital’s Annual April Teddy Bear and Friend Drive is off to a great start. The plush animals make the visit to the Emergency Department a little easier and less stressful on young patients. Since January 2016, our Emergency Department (ED) has treated 11,559 pediatric patients 14 years of age and under. Henry Mayo originally started collecting teddy bears and other plush animals in 2012 to celebrate National Teddy Bear Day. The collection drive has grown into a month-long event in April bringing in 3,686 new teddy bears and other plush animal friends since the program began, according to Maria Strmsek, Director of Volunteer Services at Henry Mayo.
The collecting process will be different this year. Organizers are hosting a “Delivery Day” event of the community’s donations on Saturday, April 29, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Camelot Moving and Storage, 28040 Industry Drive, Valencia. To learn more, please call 661.200.1500.