Academic Team Delivers 180 Teddy Bears to Hospice Patients

To fulfill a patient’s last request, the Redlands Community College Academic Team held a drive collecting teddy bears to give to all Russell-Murray Hospice patients.

“Redlands has a close partnership with Russell-Murray Hospice, and when we learned a patient’s final wish was that all other patients would have a teddy bear to hug, we knew we wanted to help,” said Cherry Rain, coach of the Academic Team.

Each year, the team takes on a community service project, and the students chose to collect teddy bears to honor the patient as well as provide a gift to many other patients. They set a goal of 100 bears, and earlier this month, they delivered 180 bears to Russell-Murray Hospice.

“Russell-Murray Hospice provides such a wonderful service to the area, and I am so proud of our students for seeing a need and meeting that need,” said Juanita Krittenbrink, a member of both the Redlands Board of Regents and Russell-Murray Hospice Board.

Redlands Academic Team delivers teddy bears to Russell-Murray Hospice
Members of the Redlands Community College Academic Team delivered 180 bears to Russell-Murray Hospice. The stuffed animals were collected to honor a patient’s last wish of providing a teddy bear to all patients to hug. Students delivering the bears are (front row, l-r) Nate Massicotte, Kati Saxton, Will Taylor and Lily Dilbeck. Coaches and Russell-Murray Hospice staff on hand for the delivery are (l-r) Andrea Foster, assistant coach; Megan Evans, administrative assistant; Rachel Starks, director of volunteers; Melodie Duff, assistant executive director; Sue Pennington-Unsell, director of bereavement; Vicki Myers, Russell-Murray Hospice executive director; Dr Juanita Krittenbrink, Russell-Murray Hospice Board Member; Cherry Rain, coach; Jean Ann Widdifield, infection control nurse and medical record auditor; and Debbie White, director of utilization review and education.