BEARS FOR CARING — From left, Grand Knight Jerry Ristling, Finance Secretary Walter Winters and Deputy Grand Knight Ed Eberl, all of the Knights of Columbus, pose next to a pile of stuffed animals the organization donated in early December to AdventHealth DeLand for children who get brought to the hospital’s emergency department.

Being in the hospital for Christmas isn’t much fun, but the young patients at AdventHealth DeLand are getting an extra helping of holiday cheer this year.

Knights of Columbus Council 6274 stopped by the hospital recently to drop off hundreds of stuffed animals for pediatric emergency room patients, just in time for the holidays.

“We love to come out here each year and put a smile on kids’ faces,” said Deputy Grand Knight Ed Eberl. “It means a lot to us to see the impact we’re able to have when they’re going through a tough time.”

This year was challenging for the Knights due to supply shortages, so they had to get creative and think outside the box. Instead of just teddy bears, they were able to supply all kinds of animals for the children, ranging from dragons to penguins and sloths, just to name a few.

“These stuffed animals bring joy to many children and their parents during stressful situations,” said Nurse Manager Jennifer Buchanan. “Our staff have also been touched in being able to give these toys out and bring joy to our patients and their families.”

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Compiled by Business Editor Joe Crews


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