Staff members at Humboldt General Hospital's Emergency Department were
surprised and delighted recently with the generous donation of a local
The young women of the Nevada Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints attended a youth camp over the summer in the Lamoille Canyon area
of Elko County.
In addition to hikes, campfires and plenty of pranks, project leader Kim
Howell said about 60 girls and their chaperones also made time for service,
sewing 87 bears and 26 quilts that could be donated to children who find
themselves in the ER.
"The girls were happy to participate," said Howell of the day-long
camp project. "They really enjoy providing service to our community."
The bears are filled with split corn, which can be microwaved for warmth
or tossed in the freezer to create a cool-pack. Each bear's face was
individually drawn by its creator.
"So these really are mini-masterpieces," said Howell. "Each
girl definitely left her mark of love."
The hand-tied quilts, which were finished by Howell and volunteer Danielle
Rasmussen, are a perfect size for little people. "We just thought
these would come in handy to wrap up a baby or a child who needs some
extra comfort," she said.
Each is made of different bright colors and soft fabrics—something
that brought a flurry and oohs and aahs from ER staff members as they
accepted the donation.
HGH Emergency Department/Inpatient Services Clinical Director Rita Clement
said her staff has already begun distributing the bears to young patients;
for those children who must undergo a procedure, Clement said the bears
are a perfect reward for bravery.
"When the children receive them, their eyes light up," she said,
"and things don't seem as scary."
She added, "These gifts will go a long way to helping our children
have the best experience possible."
Clement said she has been impressed at the girls' willingness to take
part in such a project.
"It is so refreshing that these girls at such a young age are thinking
of others," she said. "This has become an annual event and we
look forward to see where their creativity takes them next year."