Patients at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital (LLUCH) were treated to a Build-A-Bear “Hugs Help Healing Workshop” thanks to the members of the Big Hearts for Little Hearts Desert Guild on Monday, Nov. 13. The Desert Guild provided teddy bears and other stuffed animals, as well as their outfits, from Build-A-Bear Workshop, allowing the children at LLUCH to select their very own bear and outfit, which created many beautiful smiles.
In the photo, Olivia Lin, 4, from Chino was excited to take her teddy bear, which she dressed up as a rainbow ballerina, up to her room.
Over 1,200 bears from Build-a-Bear have been donated to LLUCH through the Desert Guild since 2014. Established in 2002, the mission of the Desert Guild is to raise funds to ensure critical medical care for the children of the Coachella Valley.
The Children’s Hospital is the only dedicated pediatric hospital in the vast geographic region of San Bernardino, Riverside, Inyo and Mono counties. With 348 beds dedicated just for kids, one of the largest Neonatal Intensive Care Units in the country and more than 100,000 children who come each year, LLUCH is a major pediatric teaching facility, known worldwide as the pioneer of neonatal heart transplantation. LLUCH is part of Loma Linda University Health – the umbrella organization encompassing Loma Linda University’s eight professional schools, Loma Linda University Medical Center’s six hospitals and more than 900 faculty physicians located across the Inland Empire in Southern California. A Seventh-day Adventist organization, Loma Linda University Health is a faith-based health system with a mission “to continue the teaching and healing ministry of Jesus Christ.”