The healing power of a teddy bear has been recognized as enhancing a patient’s hospital experience in the University of Minnesota hospital system. This partnership between teddy bears and U of M hospitals began more than 20 years ago when a campaign called “Doctor U Bear” began. Doctor U Bear was a mascot that visited the patients’ rooms while spreading goodwill, joy, and support. In April of 2011, a small group of volunteers committed their time and efforts to formally launch a new, modern-day teddy bear charity that would benefit all the patients in the U of M Hospitals on a specific date in November of each year.
On November 9, 2011, Teddy Bear Hugs U officially launched, and completed, a room-by-room delivery of hundreds of Teddy Bears to the Patients in the hospital that day. Our inaugural event was a huge success. In late December of 2011, a donor came forward and asked that we expand the Teddy Bear Hugs U Charity to include providing Teddy Bears to each child admitted to the Amplatz Children’s hospital year-round, day in and day out. With the help of the Minnesota Medical Foundation, we have established a tax deductible fund for Teddy Bear Hugs U.
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