2022 Teddy Bear campaign underway in support of smallest patients at KHSC

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KGH Auxiliary launches 19th annual campaign for pediatric patient care

The Kingston General Hospital (KGH) Auxiliary has launched its 2022 Teddy Bear Campaign, a cherished annual tradition geared to purchasing patient care equipment for the pediatric program at Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC). 

The 19th annual campaign runs until December 23 with the aim of raising $25,000 through the sponsorship of 250 teddy bears at $100 per bear.  Last year, the campaign raised $27,000, bringing its overall contribution since 2004 to over $460,000.

Representatives from Royal Canadian Legion Branch 560, their Ladies Auxiliary and the Young at Heart Club helped to kick off the 2022 campaign on Nov. 7 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:

Sponsors 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,” says 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,” says 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.”