October 1, 2009 - The Marietta Area Teddy Bear Fund Drive Begins October 4

(Marietta, Ohio, October 1, 2009) - “Teddy Bear Week,” seven days of special fundraising to replenish the Teddy Bear Fund, takes place Oct. 4 through Oct. 10, 2009. The Fund, coordinated by the Marietta Memorial Hospital volunteers, provides a stuffed animal to every child, aged 6 months to 12 years old, when they are admitted to either Marietta Memorial or Selby General Hospitals.

According to Anna Vukovic, Marietta Area Teddy Bear Coordinator, more than 1,200 stuffed animals are handed out each year. “Stuffed animals are used by doctors and nurses as a tool to help demonstrate unfamiliar hospital procedures to children. Casts, IVs and bandages are a common sight on the newly acquired ‘friends’ in the arms of our young patients on their way to surgery, lab and x-ray,” commented Vukovic.


“Teddy Bear Week” will feature special promotions at local fast-food restaurants. A percentage of selected food items purchased will assist the fund at the following sites:

Oct. 5 (Monday) Bar-B-Cutie, percent of evening receipts

Oct. 6 (Tuesday) All Marietta McDonald’s: 25¢ donated on each med. fry
Oct. 7 (Wednesday) Cici’s Pizza, 10 percent of evening sales until 9 p.m.
Oct. 9 (Friday) Captain D’s 1/2 of proceeds on every cheesestick sold 

 * Wendy’s restaurants: Collection Jar – will match week’s proceeds

Plastic “Teddy Bear Jugs” will also be available in area businesses for spare change donations. The administrative costs will be absorbed by Marietta Memorial Hospital. If you are interested in making a personal donation, checks can be made out and sent to: The Marietta Area Teddy Bear Fund, P.O. Box 225, Marietta, Ohio 45750.

For more information on the program or how your club or organization may help, call Anna Vukovic, Teddy Bear Fund Coordinator at Marietta Memorial Hospital, at (740) 374-1779.

The Memorial Health System is a not-for-profit health system governed by a volunteer board of community members that are committed to providing comprehensive services that meet the needs of our region. We are comprised of a network of two hospitals, outpatient service sites, assisted and long-term care facilities and a retirement community. We work in innovative ways to meet the healthcare challenges of today, while preparing for health needs of our communities in the future.

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