Teddy bear donations provide love, joy to hospitalized children

Teddy bear donations provide love, joy to hospitalized children

By: Megan Tackitt

Topics: christmas, Get Joy Foundation, Memorial Children's Hospital, Noreiga House, teddy bear drive, The Give Love
Posted by SandiM Monday, November 26, 2012 - 11:46
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The Give Love, Get Joy Foundation will be collecting NEW teddy bears to donate to the Memorial Children’s Hospital. Your donation will give children who are hospitalized a friendly face upon admittance.

Give Love Get Joy is known for its involvement in collecting prom dresses to give to girls in the Kern County community that would otherwise not have been able to attend their prom. The Give Love Get Joy Foundation was founded by sisters Alyson Joy and Ashley Love Tackitt of Bakersfield. Over the years, they have spent their time providing toiletries to the men’s shelter and collecting backpacks and school supplies for children in their community. They  also collect toys to give to local children during the holiday season!                 

Recently, Ashley was rushed to Memorial Hospital for an emergency appendectomy. Though her stay was short, she was able to experience what it is like for many children on a daily basis. This has inspired the Give Love Get Joy Foundation to give back to the children’s hospital!

When Ashley was being released from Memorial she was allowed to pick out one toy to take home. She was very happy when she saw that there were teddy bears for her to choose from! This is what gave her the idea to collect teddy bears and instead of letting the child get it when being released, have the bear waiting on their bed when they arrive. This way when entering the scary hospital room, they have a friendly face waiting on them

 Hospitals definitely make children feel like everything is larger and louder than themselves. The Give Love Get Joy Foundation hopes to give these children the comfort they need in these times that they don't always understand. 

The Noriega House has also decided that ALL the proceeds from this year’s Holiday Lunches will be donated to the Give Love Get Joy Foundation.

For more information on how to make a donation or bring by your NEW bears, please contact the Noriega House at 633-9016 or go to: www.noriegahouse.com.

If you would like to make a donation you can drop off your NEW teddy bears at the Noriega House, 1325 Baker St. We will be accepting donations and new teddy bears Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. throughout the month of December.

 

 

Photos by Made U Look Photography

 

The Give Love Get Joy Foundation which is collecting new teddy bears to donate to the Memorial Children’s Hospital through December was founded by sisters Alyson Joy and Ashley Love Tackitt.

 

The Noriega House, 1325 Baker St., will be collecting new teddy bears for the Memorial Child