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Northwoods emergency services gifted stuffed animals to help kids

Woodruff (WAOW) — Stuffed animals were presented to Lakeland Area emergency service agencies Thursday as part of their “Hugs of Comfort” program.

The stuffed animals are for first responders to use while interacting with kids.

The Lakeland Area Republican Women’s Club provided around 275 stuffed animals.

“This is our clubs way of saying thank you to the police, fire and emergency medical services who provide invaluable service to our community,” said Norma Duerst, LARWC president. “We are blessed to support the many dedicated professionals and volunteers who care for our residents and the many visitors to the area.”

Minocqua, Arbor Vitae, Hazelhurst, Manitowish Waters, Lac Du Flambeau, Oneida County, Vilas County as well as Howard Young Medical Center and Ascension Wisconsin Spirit Medical Transport all received stuffed animals.

“This is another example of the tremendous support we receive from the community,” said Rick Brodhead, M.D., Medical Director of Emergency Services at Howard Young Medical Center. “This donation will provide comfort to children served by these agencies and ease the fear they may have as they receive treatment.”

The project is made possible by community donations and member contributions.


Photo courtesy: Ascension Wisconsin

Courtney Terlecki

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