The smaller you are the scarier the hospital is and the more you need a friend, especially a cuddly one.
Thanks to the Detroit Zoological Society and its hundreds of plush animals, the pediatric patients at University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital won’t have to know what it’s like to go it alone.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for us to put smiles on young faces who may not be able to visit the zoo,” said Ron Kagan, DZS executive director and CEO. “We are grateful for the generosity of our visitors, members and staff who have helped us help kids.”
The plush pals were bought by zoo patrons at a discount and have been donated by zoo patrons at the gift shop since May 2014. The idea came from the employees of Service Systems Association (SSA) a division of the zoo’s concessions and retail services.
In just the first four month of the program more than 700 stuffed animals were donated by zoo goers. In October of 2014 that batch was given to the Children’s Hospital of Michigan DMC and Beaumont Children’s Hospital.
“We are excited about the opportunity to work with the Detroit Zoo,” said Dan Fischer, director of child and family life services at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. “We hope this program brings a little piece of the zoo to our patients and helps to take their minds off of why they are in the hospital.”
Most people would agree no kid should have to face a hospital by themselves, and now a few more will have at least a friend by their side, even if it is a stuffed one.