The Summit makes stuffed animals for children in the emergency room

The Summit makes stuffed animals for children in the emergency room

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Residents of The Summit have made over 10,000 stuffed bears, balls and neck braces for children visiting Centra Lynchburg General Hospital in the last four years.

A committee of 10 to 12 ladies meets every Friday afternoon to stuff the items before passing the final stitching off to other volunteers. They chat about books and catch up on events while completing the work.

Hazel Harrison, who leads the committee, said a hospital volunteer asked residents four years ago, to lend their skills and talents for worthy causes. Making gifts for children dealing with an emergency struck a chord with the group.

“That became something that several of us wanted to do,” Harrison said.

The team completes 30 to 40 items a week. The hospital donates the stuffing and fabric and residents put in the sweat equity to accomplish the project.

“It’s a good project for us. We wanted to do a mission and it’s so easy for us to do this mission right here at our home,” Harrison said. “We don’t have to go any place and we can accomplish our job even if it’s snow outside. It’s wonderful for us to do.”

For more information on The Summit, please call 434.582.1500 or visit SummitLynchburg.com.