The Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital
at Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC)
Giant Legend Harry Carson Helps Distribute Teddy Bears

September 2006 - The visit by Giant legend Harry Carson, of Pro Football Hall of Fame, to distribute teddy bears at the  Hackensack University Medical Center, was an extra special treat for the pediatric patients.

“The bears are cute and a wonderful gift but the meaning inherent in visiting conveys community support and caring which is what children with their parents need the most while hospitalized,” said Erika Leeuwenburgh, LPC, ATR-BC, CCLS of Allendale, chief of The Section of Child Life Services and Creative Arts Therapies at HUMC.

CLICK HERE to read the Thank You Letter from the hospital.

“I was proud to make someone happy. It made me feel good inside to help someone else.” -Taylor, Student, South Florida Jewish Academy
“Children can also be ‘benefactors.’ The program teaches children that when they do an act of kindness, they receive something in return. When children give away a teddy bear, they receive a teddy bear to take home. The principle seems quite simple, but the result is truly amazing. Children at SLCD identified charitable organizations in other states and countries. They wrote letters to the children in these other programs and sent teddy bears to ‘make other children feel better.’ Despite severe developmental disabilities, each child had something to say about giving a gift. ‘I sent my teddy bear to a little boy in Mexico. He doesn’t have parents. I have a mommy and a daddy. He must be very sad.’ Children’s insights are precious. Letters were then received from the children who received the teddy bears.”
-Long Island Press
“This is a unique opportunity, where the clients who are often the recipients of goodwill, are now empowered to enhance the lives of others.” -Derek Saker, Director of Communications, OHEL
“The feeling the children get when they take that physical bear and that card they created to someone else is very empowering.” -Joseph Sprung, Founder and CEO, Bear Givers
“Children from the school who give one of these bears away also get to keep one for themselves. It is a great way for students to feel good about making a difference in someone’s life.”