For our service learning project this month, St. Martin’s Episcopal School in conjunction with The Daughters of the King church ministry, are collecting new teddy bears for Cook Children’s Hospital. Cook Children’s in Fort Worth recently lost a roomful of teddies due to a ceiling leak, and need some help replenishing their stock!
Many congregations and community organizations participate in the interfaith ministry’s PrayerBear program. New toy teddy bears of all shapes, sizes and colors are blessed during worship services, then they are delivered to medical center chaplains. These bears are given to patients who need encouragement or support after a painful procedure, during a lengthy hospital stay or during difficult times.
Chaplains tell children that “this bear comes to you with love from people you have never met who are praying for you.” The Prayer Bears often mean so much to children and their families that some families return to the medical center to donate bears to the program. Our Interfaith Prayer Ministry is grateful for donations from our community throughout the year of new, soft bears. We are only able to accept new bears. – Cook Children’s
Please donate as you are able and leave new teddy bears (only bears, please!) in the collection box at the back of the church. We will collect them through the month of October.