Designs in Machine Embroidery has declared it the season to give Bear Hugs! We have teamed up with Cook Children's Medical Center, in Ft. Worth, Texas to supply huggable embroidered bears to all the patients in time for the holidays.
Simply purchase the bears, stitch them and
return them to Designs in Machine Embroidery. (An information form is
included with the purchase of the bears with the address information.
We'll also use this form to enter your name in our prize giveaway.)
Designs in Machine Embroidery will deliver the bears to Cook Children's
A special thanks to the following individuals and organizations who have generously donated their time and talent by donating bears for the children at Cook Children's Medical Center, in Ft. Worth, TX.
Bear Donor Hall of Fame
To sweeten the honey pot for all the
Bear Donors, every donor name is included in a periodic drawing to win
prizes from Designs in Machine Embroidery!
10/15/10: The winner in the first drawing is Linda Lettenberger! Linda, we'll be sending a $25 shopping spree certificate by snail mail. Enjoy!
Bear donations are tax deductable. You'll receive a receipt from Cook Children's Medical Center acknowledging your donation for tax purposes.
Donate 5 or more bears to Cook Children's and we'll pay for the bears to be shipped back to Designs in Machine Embroidery.
*Offer good until Oct 30th. Restrictions apply. Designs in Machine Embroidery will make arrangements for the pick-up of the bear package from home residences in the Continental US only. This offer is good for individuals only--groups and organizations are not included. Call 888-739-0555 to arrange for the bear pick-up. Only stitched bears are accepted. For convenience, keep the original box(es) the bears were shipped in. The bears will be delivered to the Bear Headquarters-- Designs in Machine Embroidery then they will be sent to Cook Children's Medical Center.
Click to watch video demonstrations:
More detailed instructions with additional tips and techniques included with purchase
Why Cook Children's Medical Center? Designs in Machine Embroidery and its readers have a history with Cook Children's Medical Center and the Stitch-A-Wish program. A few years ago, Designs in Machine Embroidery and its readers joined efforts with Stitch-A-Wish to provide embroidered pillowcases for all the patients at the hospital. This program still continues today. Through the generous efforts of our readers we have been able to donate over 5000 embroidered pillowcases to the Stitch-A-Wish program. That's an amazing feat accomplished by our readers! Given the history and reputation of the children's hospital, we knew Cook's would be a great choice to donate bears. Click here for information on the Pillowcase campaign!
The volunteers of the Stitch-A-Wish program are an important part of the uncommon care that Cook Children's in Fort Worth, Texas provides to pediatric patients and their families.
Stitch-A-Wish volunteers sew for hospitalized children. The program provides the patients with colorful, child friendly pillowcases that brighten their rooms; medical play therapy dolls that help patients learn about and understand the medical procedures they undergo; telemetry bibs that allow toddlers mobility even while attached to heart monitoring equipment; saddle bags that give bed ridden children a sense of independence by providing them with easy access to their favorite things; preemie clothing for the tiniest infants to wear for their long awaited first trip home. These items, and many others, are utilized daily throughout the medical center for comfort, therapeutic play, arts and crafts, and safety.
The Stitch-A-Wish program was formed in October, 2005 when a call went out to the community for people who sewed to give their time and talents to hospitalized children by providing them with items that normally would not be available. The message was heard and the program has grown tremendously. Since the start of the Stitch-A-Wish program, over 4,000 items have been sewn and donated to ill children. The needs are ongoing and continue to grow as Stitchers create more items that make the young patients’ hospital stay as pleasant and comfortable as possible.
A vision of the Stitch-A-Wish program is that all patients receive their very own child-sized pillow and monogrammed Cook Children's pillowcase to use during their stay and take home with them upon discharge. As a non-profit pediatric hospital, this can only happen through the support of volunteers and donors who are willing to give of their time and resources. Our invitation to sew is extended to everyone interested in volunteering from home and becoming a part of making little wishes come true in an uncommon way.