San Antonio, Texas…When you’re a child, being hospitalized can be unbearable! Employees from SBM Site Services and Wells Fargo worked diligently over the past few weeks to collect more than 1,000 teddy bears and other stuffed animals to bring comfort and joy to the patients of Methodist Children’s Hospital, a campus of Methodist Hospital. Alexis and Hayden were among the dozens of children who received bears as a delegation of representatives from SBM Site Services, Wells Fargo and Methodist Children’s Hospital visited young patients in their hospital rooms and presented them with a new furry friend.
“We are grateful for this most generous donation of teddy bears from SBM and Wells Fargo. The toys will offer great comfort to the children who receive treatment at Methodist Children’s Hospital’s emergency department as well as those who stay for many weeks,” said Mark McLoone, CEO, Methodist Children’s Hospital. “This is by far the largest single donation of stuffed animals the hospital has received in its 14-year history!”
The initiative was part of SBM’s national “Bears for the Brave” program and this year marks the first time it was conducted in San Antonio and benefitted a local hospital. In addition to San Antonio, teddy bear drives were held last month in Sacramento, San Leandro, St. Louis and Des Moines. “Supporting our local communities is a top priority to our organization. In regards to this initiative, we believe little things go a long way and by giving a teddy bear to young hospital patients, we are brightening their lives,” said Nick McMackins, Customer Relationship Manager, SBM Site Services.
“I am proud that our Wiseman Center team members supported this project so enthusiastically,” said Tommy Urps, Business Banking Manager for Wells Fargo. “We say in our corporate Vision & Values that our team members are our greatest asset, and I think their effort here shows very clearly why that is true.” Among the many stuffed animals donated today was a giant white pony with the Wells Fargo logo emblazoned across its back.
Taking part in this “beary” special event were SBM team representatives Leticia Almanza, Area Manager, and Elva Martinez, Program Manager; the Wells Fargo team included Tommy Urps, Business Banking Manager, and Jennifer Moriarity, Vice President, Community Development; Jaime Wesolowski, Methodist Healthcare President and CEO, Gay Nord, Methodist Hospital CEO, and Mark McLoone, Methodist Children’s Hospital CEO, accepted the donation on behalf of all the children who will enjoy them.