GLOVERSVILLE, NY – Children without their own action hero, stuffed animal or teddy bear didn’t miss out on the fun of Nathan Littauer Hospital’s “Teddy Bear Hospital” event on August 4, thanks to a generous donation of 300 bears from the Johnstown Eagles. The event, which is in its second year, drew more than 300 people. It was designed to help children become familiar with the Hospital and its personnel. Children bring toys for a variety of simulated treatments from medical professionals from around the organization.
“Often, children meet us for the first time under very stressful circumstances,” said Cheryl McGrattan, Littauer’s Vice President of Marketing and Communications. “The Teddy Bear Hospital event allows them to meet us in a fun environment first so when they come back for care, it’s less frightening and intimidating.”
David F. Cook of the Johnstown Eagles said his organization was pleased to be a part of the effort.
“We’re very thankful to have provided the donation to Nathan Littauer Hospital,” Cook said to gathered volunteers on the day of the event. “It was our pleasure to make a difference for the kids. We’ve been helping the community for 114 years and we will continue to do so.”
The Johnstown Eagles have been members of the Fraternal Order of Eagles for 114 years and have made numerous donations to Littauer and other organizations in the community. Established in 1898, FOE donates more than $10 million dollars a year to local charities, fundraisers, and communities. Their mission, “…to make human life more desirable by lessening its ills and promoting peace, prosperity, gladness, and hope,” was a good fit with Littauer’s mission.
“The donation was such a heartwarming gift to our local children,” said McGrattan. “The Fraternal Order of Eagles are a wonderful supporter of Littauer. We are so grateful to have a close working relationship with such a generous organization.”
About Nathan Littauer
Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home is a full-service, 74 bed acute care hospital with an 84 bed skilled nursing home. Since 1894, Nathan Littauer has provided safe, high-quality health and wellness services with a focus on securing appropriate new technologies for people residing in Upstate New York. Over the years, the hospital has expanded its services in order to offer health care that is comprehensive, accessible, and relevant to the needs of the communities they serve. More information can be found by visiting www.nlh.org.