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March 18, 2024

“Build with BEAR” event at Ascension Saint Alexius

On March 12, members of the BEAR Cares team participated in their first “Build with BEAR” event at Ascension Saint Alexius Pediatrics Center, participating in their Child Life month. Child Life believes developmentally appropriate play in the hospital is essential for children. Play is their language and how they express, learn and cope. The BEAR Cares team gave each child their own Angry Bird stuffie and helped them become construction workers for the day by building and decorating their own small bird houses.

On how important these activities can be, Child Life Services Coordinator, Katie Hammerberg told us about one patient, “Building and painting the birdhouse truly helped her forget about her upcoming surgery! When I went to follow up with her just before she was leaving for the OR, she had the Angry Bird tucked under the covers next to her…she said she was taking him with her <3”.

Saint Alexius Newsletter An article from the Saint Alexius weekly newsletter highlighting BEAR Construction's visit.