Knights of Columbus Donate Stuffed Animals

A little boy hugs his teddy bear while in the hospital.
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DELAND, Fla., January 18, 2018 The DeLand Knights of Columbus, Council 6274, donated more than 100 teddy bears to Florida Hospital DeLand. The hospital will give these teddy bears, penguins, giraffes and reindeer to children who visit the emergency department.

This donation from the Knights of Columbus will be such a nice gift for the children that come through our ER, said Tonya Trost, Florida Hospital DeLand emergency department director. We care for 56,000 patients each year in our ER, and 11,000 of those patients are under the age of 18. That's a lot of kids! These stuffed animals will go a long way in helping bring cheer and comfort to our youngest patients.

About Florida Hospital DeLand

Florida Hospital DeLand is a member of Adventist Health System, a faith-based health care organization with 45 hospital campuses and 8,200 licensed beds in nine states, serving more than 5 million patients annually. With a mission to extend the healing ministry of Christ, Florida Hospital DeLand has 164-beds and is one of the seven Florida Hospitals in Flagler, Lake and Volusia counties that composes the Florida Hospital Central Florida Division - North Region. As the largest hospital system in the area, the Florida Hospital Central Florida Division - North Region has 1,226 beds and more than 7,800 employees.

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