Children’s Hospital Patients Receive Holiday Bears

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Yannaia Veale with Justin and his sister (Photo courtesy of Children’s Hospital of New Jersey)

Yannaia Veale with Justin and his sister (Photo courtesy of Children’s Hospital of New Jersey)

NEWARK–On Tuesday, Dec. 21, Children’s Hospital of New Jersey received a visit from nine-year-old Justin Martin and his father, who delivered 50 bears from Build-A-Bear Workshop to give to children at the hospital this holiday season.

“The children staying on our Pediatric Unit were delighted to receive Justin’s bears,” says Joshua Rosenblatt, MD, Chairman of Pediatrics at CHoNJ at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. “Anything that comforts a child is good medicine.”

The bears were given to pediatric patients on the inpatient units and the Children’s Crisis Intervention Service (CCIS).

The Justin Charity Bear Fund was created three years ago. Justin 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.

To donate to the children at Children’s Hospital of New Jersey, go to www.givetochildrennj.org To donate to The Justin Charity Bear Fund, which is a registered 501(c)3 organization, visit http://justinbearfund.weebly.com.


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