The Heartbeat Bears, a charity arm of Hi Neighbor Club, donates thousands of teddy bears to extremely ill children and lonely, forgotten adults. The Kingwood Medical Center received 168 stuffed animals in September, and in February and May of 2019, this hospital, plus Memorial Hermann Northeast, will receive another seven boxes for children in trauma.
The group also gives Bereavement teddy bears to grieving mothers who have lost their babies at childbirth. Memorial Hermann distributes these bears.
Marilyn Butler purchased 48 pink bears with the breast cancer ribbon on them for breast cancer survivors, which were given at the recent Hi Neighbor meeting.
Nancy Foisner, a volunteer at U.S.O. at the Bush airport, also distributes teddy bears to the children of servicemen who are being deployed overseas. These little children find much comfort in the precious gift of a soft teddy bear.
Raffle tickets to raise funds for this charity will be sold at the Kingwood Holiday Market, Kingwood Country Club, Nov. 2, 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, the ladies will again be at the market from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, raffle sales will occur at Holidays Market, Kingwood Town Center, from noon-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, raffle tickets will be available at Christmas on the Park, Kingwood Town Center, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.