Not Your Typical Donation: Teddy Bears for Central Park Medical Unit

New York, NY  October 24th, 2012 РCentral Park Medical Unit recently received a generous donation of teddy bears from Bear Givers. Of course, CPMU ambulances carry oxygen, defibrillators, and other emergency gear. But for ambulances in Central Park, teddy bears can also play an important role when providing emergency care to a child!

CPMU Emergency Medical Technician Jonathan Ehrlich explains: “Being hurt and getting treated in an ambulance is scary for a child. Often something simple, like a teddy bear to hold, really helps them stay calm.”

With that in mind, Ehrlich contacted Bear Givers last month and asked for a donation of ten teddy bears. “Instead they were very generous and sent us one hundred. We treat a lot of pediatric patients, so we will definitely put them to use,” says Ehrlich.

EMT Marc Musicus adds that “it’s easier to be brave with a bear.”

Ehrlich and Musicus brought the bears to the park on Saturday, along with EMT Adrian Rhodes and EMT Gabriel Tissian.

Bear Givers is a nonprofit organization that donates teddy bears to hospitals and other organizations around the country. They also provide outreach and educational programs for children and adults. You can learn more about the organization at

Since 1975, Central Park Medical Unit has been providing emergency medical services for the kids (and adults) who visit Central Park. CPMU is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, supported entirely by donations and grants. Additional information is available at and

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