Bearing the Pain Is Made Easier with Magnolia Quota Bears

  • January 27, 2011

Bearing the Pain Is Made Easier with Magnolia Quota Bears

Charlie Fannin, grandson of club president Marilyn Fannin, snapped Quota members delivering a batch of their homemade teddy bears! Pictured left to right are Genevieve White, Director of Nursing at Magnolia Hospital; Norma Hayes, President of the Hospital Auxiliary; Kathy Pyle, Chairperson of QI of Magnolia's Teddy Bear Committee; and members of Quota's Committee—Janie Foreman, Golden Tradewell, and Mary Hogland.

For 40 years the Quotarians of Magnolia, Arkansas, have been stitching teddy bears to bring good cheer to youngsters in the hospital and rural health center. Upon entering the Magnolia Hospital, children are presented with a teddy bear in hopes that their stay will be a little bit brighter. A hospital visit may be upsetting for them. Being away from home, treatments, and shots can be overwhelming to little ones. But hugging their bears could make the experience a little easier.

Making the bears is an assembly line process. Individual members cut the material from the donated cloth while others paint the faces and sew the bears. They all take part in stuffing the washable teddies.

The children will have their special teddy bears to remind them that when they were in the hospital Quota cared. And for the Quotarians who have sewn over 120 bears this year? They have already given out another 200 of these washable little critters and have 100 ready to go.

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