One week after a tornado damaged the day care center at Doylestown Health, Children’s Village reopened in a new location, with new toys, books, supplies – and 140 Good Bears, courtesy of the Villagers at Pine Run Retirement Community.
On Aug. 4, 2020, an EF2 tornado spawned during Hurricane Isaias caused extensive damage throughout the Doylestown area, including the campus of Doylestown Hospital and its early childhood education center, Children’s Village. In the wake of the storm, generous donations of books, supplies and other materials have poured into Children’s Village, including Good Bears for each of the center’s children.
The cuddly teddy bears are handmade by members of the Good Bears Club at Pine Run, just as they have been for decades. Since 1989, dedicated Pine Run Villagers have sewn the bears to donate to children during their hospital stay at Doylestown Health. One of the longest-running clubs at Pine Run, the Good Bears Club has maintained a devoted following over the years, most of whom are experienced in the sewing arts.
One week after the storm, Children’s Village reopened at a new site just north of the hospital campus on Ferry Road. As the center reopened, each child was given one of the donated Good Bears. And, included in the group of donated bears was the 25,000th Good Bear from Pine Run. The milestone bear will remain at the childcare center as the Children’s Village Bear, and will be comfortably ensconced in a place of honor in the center’s entryway as a reminder of the ways in which the oldest members of the Doylestown Health system take care of the youngest members.
Read more about the Good Bears Club here.