South Bend International Airport Delivers Teddy Bears to Corewell Health Lakeland Hospitals
Dec 21, 2022
(ST. JOSEPH) - As part of the eleventh annual Bears in the Air program, South Bend International Airport (SBN) delivered more than 2,500 teddy bears to children in six area hospitals this week, including Corewell Health Lakeland Hospitals, the new name for Spectrum Health Lakeland hospitals in St. Joseph and Niles. The bears will offer companionship and smiles to Corewell Health South patients in the emergency department, pediatric units, and new babies born at the BirthPlace.
“We are extremely grateful for our continued partnership with the South Bend International Airport and their work to help spread joy to our friends and neighbors,” said Loren B. Hamel, MD, president, Corewell Health South. “These bears serve as an added comfort to patients and will certainly create more smiles, cuddles and happiness across our hospitals during the holidays.”
“We are tremendously thankful for the community’s continued support of the Bears in the Air program,” said SBN’s CEO and Executive Director Mike Daigle. “The level of support this program receives each year continues to impress and inspire me. We live in a very giving community, and this is just one thing we can do to help make it better for children in our hospitals.”
The Bears in the Air program has provided more than 17,000 teddy bears to children in area hospitals in the last eleven years.