Teddy Bears to Comfort Kids

Photo Courtesy: Tony Villalobos-May

Colorado Eagles call up cuddly bears to comfort kids

UCHealth emergency responders and urgent care staffs will
use Teddy Bear Toss toys to calm fears during medical emergencies.

LOVELAND, Colo — Colorado Eagles sent off more than 100 cuddly teddy bears of all shapes and sizes to bring comfort to children who are affected by medical emergencies.

The bears were among the stuffed animals that Eagles fans tossed onto the ice after the first Eagles goal was scored at the Teddy Bear Toss game in December.

Slapshot, the Eagles mascot, and a few Eagles players gave the bears an official sendoff Thursday morning when an ambulance from UCHealth Emergency Medical Services stopped by the Budweiser Events Center after practice.

The bears were loaded into the ambulance and buckled up. Some of them will deploy with the UCHealth EMS team and be given to children who need an extra dose of comfort to get through a medical emergency that one of the team’s ambulances gets called out to. The others will be stationed at various UCHealth emergency departments and urgent cares throughout northern Colorado to help out as needed.

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*Article courtesy of UCHealth