Nov 29, 2012

Lions Clubs support Teddy Bears & Friends

DARKE COUNTY – Providing big smiles and a little comfort to Wayne HealthCare patients over the last 16 years is exactly what the Lions Clubs from Arcanum, Gettysburg, Greenville, and Pitsburg have been doing. These local Lions Clubs partnered with Community Blood Center many years ago and created the Teddy Bears & Friends for Wayne HealthCare program. They make it financially possible to purchase Teddy Bears and other stuffed animals that are given out to patients at Wayne HealthCare during the Christmas Holiday Season. This is definitely a joint effort. The Lions Clubs provide the finances and the stuffed bundles of love are purchased. The job isn’t taken lightly. Only the cutest ones that can be found are purchased. Imagine the smiles and joy they must bring to a child who has to visit the hospital for any reason during the Holiday Season.

One might ask what does all of this have to do with blood drives? Well not only do these great Lions Clubs provide the finances for the Teddy Bears & Friends for Wayne HealthCare patients, they also host the December Community Blood Drive in Greenville. This is where the two come together. The stuffed animals are brought to the blood drive. Everyone who comes to donate blood gets to sign a special gift tag that is attached to the stuffed animal of their choice. After the blood drive the specially tagged stuffed animals are taken to Wayne HealthCare and distributed to different departments. They are now ready to be given out to patients at Wayne HealthCare, to help make them feel better.

There are many great stories of how this small gesture has made a huge difference in the patient. A few blood donors have actually received letters of thanks from the patient’s family.

Please thank these fine Lions Clubs for making a difference, by providing blood as well as comfort during the holidays to local patients.

The blood drive on Dec. 11, marks the 17th year for Teddy Bears & Friends for Wayne HealthCare Patients. The blood drive will be held at Greenville Church of the Brethren on 421 Central Avenue in Greenville. Donation hours will be from 12:30–6:30 pm, and appointments are encouraged.

Everyone who registers to donate blood now through Dec. 31 will also receive a special gift. Community Blood Center (CBC) is helping donors bundle up this December with the new “Blood Donor – Save Lives” knit scarf in scarlet and grey.

This neck wear is both practical and stylish and arrives just in time for the gift-gathering time of year. The scarf is free to everyone who registers to donate at any CBC branch and most mobile blood drives through Dec. 31.

The scarlet and grey colors are both holiday festive and unmistakably connected to the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Notice about important changes to CBC’s donor ID system - CBC has assigned new, eight-digit donor identification numbers to all donors. When donors present their current CBC Donor ID card at a CBC branch or mobile drive it will be noted for replacement and the donor will receive a new plastic Donor ID card and key fob card in the mail. Donors must use their new Donor ID number to schedule appointments on

Individuals with eligibility questions are invited to email or call 1(800)388-GIVE. Make an appointment at


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