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Published on August 12, 2014

Young Patients Receiving Stuffed Animals Thanks to Foundation Support


Alexis Nader of Midland fins comfort in her hew stuffed animal
Alexis Nader of Midland finds comfort in her new stuffed animal received while at MidMichigan
Medical Center – Midland. The toy was purchased through funds donated by The Alden and Vada Dow Family Foundations.

Children who need comfort during health care testing and treatment are being aided through support awarded to MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland by The Alden and Vada Dow Family Foundations.

A $10,000 donation has been placed in the Vada B. Dow Memorial Toy Fund to continue the distribution of stuffed animals to children seen in MidMichigan’s Emergency Department and children undergoing outpatient tests.

“It is incredible the impact that these stuffed animals continue to make,” said Robin Nelson, patient relations manager. “We as caregivers seek ways to make our patients comfortable. Sometimes it is the simplest things that mean so much—like a warm blanket, a reassuring smile, calling them by their proper name. What really matters, especially to a child, is lessening their fears.”

Those interested in donating new stuffed animals or learning more about other philanthropy opportunities at MidMichigan may visit or call MidMichigan’s Fund Development Department at (989) 839-3342.