During the holiday season, Marshfield Medical Center Credit Union (MMCCU) is participating in the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) “Share-a-Bear” program. Participants can sponsor a comfort animal for a sick or injured child for only $10, with the stuffed animals purchased locally being sent to children at Marshfield Children’s Hospital.
Aside from the comfort animal donation, there are also opportunities to donate any dollar amount. $1 provides a “bravery bead” for a child that has conquered a difficult oncology procedure or is celebrating a medical milestone. $5 supports a meal ticket for a family that is spending extended time at the hospital or at the hospital unexpectedly. $10 provides a distraction toy to help a child reduce stress and cope through a procedure. $20 supports a gas card to a family in need for frequent trips to Marshfield Children’s Hospital.
“It helps little kids in the hospital,” explained Tabitha Forman, receptionist. “They get a comfort animal to hold while they are having something done or staying at the hospital.”
“CMN is CUNA, our trade association’s, charity, so thousands of credit unions participate throughout the course of the year.” added Carol Adler, MMCCU president. “Tabitha spearheads it here locally and keeps it going.”
Thanks to credit unions across the country and the money raised, CMN Hospitals have been able to purchase more life-saving equipment and provide more services resulting in world-class care for sick and injured children throughout the U.S.
MMCCU has hosted a “Share-a-Bear” campaign for more than twenty years. Visit their location on West Upham to see their Children’s Miracle Network tree and donate to the cause.