8-Year-Old’s Efforts Brighten Holidays For Children’s Hospital Patients

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Justin Martin delivered bears to Children’s Hospital of New Jersey to brighten the holidays for some patients.

NEWARK–On Tuesday, Dec. 14, eight-year-old Justin Martin and his father delivered 100 bears from Build-A-Bear Workshop to Children’s Hospital of New Jersey.

“Our pediatric patients are delighted to receive the generous gift of Justin’s bears,” says Joshua Rosenblatt, MD, chairman of Pediatrics at CHoNJ at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.

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The bears were given to pediatric patients on C5, A5, D5, Pediatric same day surgery and conscious sedation units. The Justin Charity Bear Fund was created two years ago and this year Martin hopes to receive enough donations to distribute 1,000 bears.

Martin was just 5 1/2 years old when he realized that not all children were lucky to have a bear like his. He told his father that he wanted to make bears and give them to needy children, and together they created the nonprofit, The Justin Charity Bear Fund.

In 2008, with help from volunteers and a partnership with the partnered with the Newark Housing Authority, they were able to raise enough money to make 850 bears at the Bridgewater Build-A-Bear store and give them to New Jersey children.

If you want to donate to The Justin Charity Bear Fund, which is a registered 501(c)3, you can contact quin@qhassociates.com.

To make a hospitalized child’s life more pleasant or assist his/her family,  visit: www.givetochildrennj.org and make a donation that directly helps pediatric patients. For more information, call 1-973-926-7018.

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