ARCADE – Each year, ambulances transport thousands of children to hospitals for treatment of various injuries and illnesses. While youth are taught to respect and appreciate police officers, doctors, firefighters and other emergency personnel, riding in an ambulance following an accident can be a scary ordeal. Often there is no room for a parent or guardian to accompany them on the trip, which can make them more upset.
Now, thanks to the Hoop-Dee-Doo embroidery club at Creekside Fabrics, Quilts & Yarns, local children – and adults – will have something to comfort them along the way to the hospital. The club handmade more than 200 bears to be donated to local police departments, ambulance and fire crews, as well as to G.A. Family Services in Holland and CHOICES in Yorkshire.
On Sunday, Feb. 18 and Monday, Feb. 19, approximately 50 members of the Hoop-Dee-Doo club were busy crafting away at Creekside in Arcade. Over the two days, the participants made a total of 222 bears.
While the club has made donations previously, this was the first time they organized their own event, according to Donna Neamon and Debbie Wiedemann, event coordinators.
Neamon and Wiedemann also explained the club contacted the designer of the bear at Pickle Pie Designs, who they said was “thrilled” by the idea and donated the designs for the community event.
“There is always a child in need,” Wiedemann said.
She added a child may be taken out of their home, there could be an unplanned pregnancy, or anyone could be involved in an accident and it is nice through the group to be able to comfort a little child.
“We are always on the lookout to do a community event,” Neamon said. “This is a hobby that we all enjoy and we are glad we can help others through something that we all love.”
The Hoop-Dee-Doo club meets monthly and new members are welcome; to do so contact Creekside Fabrics, Quilts & Yarns for more information.