Photo Feature: Nursing students lead fifth annual bear drive

Members of the Beth-El Student Nurses Association with faculty adviser Sue Davis pause before delivering 90 custom built teddy bears to pediatric patients at UC Health Memorial Hospital.

Ninety teddy bears built by UCCS student nurses, faculty and volunteers as part of the fifth annual Build-A-Bear fundraiser were delivered March 20 to UC Health Memorial Hospital.

The bears will be distributed to pediatric patients at the hospital during the next several weeks.

“We want to be able to brighten the kiddos’ days and help make a scary experience not so scary,”  said Tonya Hamilton, nursing senior and community service director for the Beth-El Student Nurse Association.

Since November, members of the Beth-El Student Nurse Association planned for the fundraiser by collecting donations and building a total of 162 personalized teddy bears. The remaining bears will be distributed to other hospitals that serve children. Sue Davis, senior instructor, Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing, serves as the BSNA faculty adviser.

“It’s great way for us to give back,”  Hamilton said.

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