Any emergency situation can traumatize a child.
Injured children are often too overwhelmed to speak to paramedics trying to help them.
That’s why EMSA Paramedics stock stuffed animals, called ‘Warm Fuzzie’s” on every ambulance.
“Warm Fuzzies” are given to children in order to help soothe a child’s angst but more significantly, stuffed animals can be a lifesaving tool for medics.
In an emergency, medics ask the child to point to the spot on the stuffed animal where the bear is hurting then medics can quickly begin to focus on the child’s injury…potentially saving the child’s life.
The congregation at the New hope United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City collected more than 130 stuffed animals for EMSA medics to hand out to their pediatric patients.
The congregation even held a special service where members of the Church ‘blessed the bears’ and prayed for the stuffed animals to give comfort to children that would receive them.
Wednesday afternoon, 20 pre-schoolers at the church daycare delivered bears to EMSA paramedics.
After this donation, a pediatric patient will have something fury and blessed to hold onto on their journey from the ambulance, to the hospital room and back to their home.