For several years, the B'nai B'rith America #901 lodge in Indiana has assembled and distributed "B'nai B'rith Buddy Bears" to children battling life-threatening illnesses at various local hospitals.
The lodge recently visited Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Dyer, bringing comfort to the kids in wing 4C. The visit was chronicled on PortageLife.com.
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Children’s stays at Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Dyer are likely to be more comforting and less apprehensive, thanks to a recently delivery of Buddy Bears by Gustavo Galante, MD (foreground-right), a member of B’nai B’rith America Unit 901in Northwest Indiana, sponsor of the program.
Dr. Galante, who has been involved with the effort for about two years, called it a “nice way of giving back and meeting community needs.”
Fundraising efforts through local businesses and community members supply the $10 cost of each stuffed animal, which then are distributed to hospitals, shelters for abused women and their dependents and other organizations.
“The bears help bring comfort and solace to the children and their families,” Dr. Galante added.