Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children (RMHC) has teamed up with KOSI 101.1 and CBS4-KCNC-TV for the 2021 Teddy Bear Patrol to help children across the state of Colorado. The program, now in its fourth year, encourages people across the state to donate a new stuffed animal at any Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, CareNow Urgent Care location or online on our Teddy Bear Patrol page.

The 2021 Teddy Bear Patrol campaign begins on Monday, July 19 and runs through Saturday, August 28. Stuffed animals collected during the campaign will be distributed to first responders and emergency teams throughout the state to give to children in a time of need. While the campaign did not run in 2020 due to the COVID19 pandemic, previous campaigns have collected more than 4,000 stuffed animals to be given to children in their time of need.

“This campaign is especially important. These new stuffed animals provide children in crisis with something familiar and help ease their fears. We are honored to partner with our incredible EMS and first responder teams across the state to distribute the stuffed animals. We thank our partners KOSI 101.1 and CBS4 as well as the community and our dedicated EMS, Fire Department and Police teams across the state for their hard work and excellent care for children in our communities,” said Maureen Tarrant, President/CEO Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center and Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children.

Sometimes the smallest act of kindness can have the biggest impact. When first responders arrive on the scene of an emergency in which a child is involved, it can be a traumatic event for that child. If the first responder could go to the trunk of his or her vehicle and hand that child a teddy bear to ease his or her anxiety, it goes a long way. The same happens if a child arrives to the emergency department. If hospital teams can hand them a teddy bear to cuddle, the child becomes less anxious and more open to needed medical care.

"CBS4 is proud to partner with Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children and KOSI 101.1 in the Teddy Bear Patrol this summer to collect new stuffed animals for first responders and health professionals who will give them to children in times of need," CBS4 Community Relations Director Elaine Torres said. "We are so glad that we can do our part in this community effort to make children feel safer in traumatic situations."  

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