Teddy bears and stuffed toys always make a youngster feel better. With that in mind, the Oklahoma State Troopers Association, with the assistance of Santa Claus, donated a bag of teddy bears to Sequoyah Memorial Hospital in Sallisaw for pediatric patients. Accepting on behalf of the hospital are, in bed, Abby Kate Qualls, 11, who just recently recovered from pneumonia. She is the daughter of Bobby and Stephanie Robbins Qualls. Standing are, from the left, Trooper Sheldan Dobbs; Capt. Damon Tucker; Santa Claus; Ozalena Martinez, chief nursing officer; Kandace Faulkenbery, lab director; Darnell Day, x-ray technician; and Angela Haning, director of respiratory therapy. Martinez said the teddy bears “add a little comfort and joy to children who come into the ER or as in-patients. A little bear sometimes puts a smile on their face, and makes them not as fearful of the hospital.”
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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