In April of 2012, Saskatoon’s three Registration departments (at Royal University Hospital, Saskatoon City Hospital and St. Paul’s Hospital) joined forces with Teddy Bears Anonymous, and were given a true gift: the ability to give a teddy bear to every child being admitted to a nursing unit or having a day surgery procedure at one of the hospitals in Saskatoon.

The teddy bears come individually sealed in a bag from the factory in order to meet infection control standards.
For many registration staff, this is the part of their job makes a difference.

Children that are frightened, tired and feeling unwell become happy and excited. Most children keep the bears all through their stay, even in the operating room, and take them home.  “I get to keep this?” is a question staff often hear, and the answer is always yes.  The smiles, hugs and thanks are what make the jobs of staff easier every day.  These bears make a difference in so many ways.

Registration staff fundraise to ensure they can keep this amazing gift alive.

A recent barbecue fundraiser raised $567 for Teddy Bears Anonymous, thanks to the generous support of Saskatoon Co-ops, who supplied all the food for the event.

Barbecue at Saskatoon Co-op

This barbecue raised $567 for Teddy Bears Anonymous.