Teddy bears donated to children at San Juan Regional Medical Center
Piedra Vista senior Jared Young spearheads effort
FARMINGTON — Children forced to spend the holidays at the San Juan Regional Medical Center will have a special gift to comfort them this year.
The Piedra Vista High School Honor Society and the Farmington Education Association teamed up to conduct a teddy bear drive this year.
The drive was spearheaded by Piedra Vista senior Jared Young. Young said the National Honor Society requires members to perform 10 hours of community service each year. In the past, Young has tutored students on how to meet the requirement, but that service was not offered this year.
Young's aunt is a pediatric nurse in Pennsylvania and suggested a teddy bear drive for the pediatric unit at the San Juan Regional Medical Center.
Young said he put up posters, and his mother, Danielle Young, helped him spread the word about the effort.
"Jared didn't think it would turn out as big as this," Danielle Young said.
Soon, the teddy bear donations began pouring in.
"Next thing I know, there's a lot of bears," Jared Young said.
More than 100 teddy bears were donated, totaling more than $200 in value.
Danielle Young said the teddy bears were donated because they thought "it might be nice for (the children) to have something warm and cozy."
The bears were delivered to the hospital on Wednesday and will be distributed to children throughout the holidays.
Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.