SaskTel is announcing an employee driven donation of over 3,500 toys, books, and games to the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation, and $27,000 to Teddy Bears Anonymous that will help ease children’s stay in Saskatchewan hospitals.
In the spirit of Giving Tuesday, SaskTel started making deliveries of toys to hospitals and pediatric wards across the province on Tuesday with stops at the Alvin Buckwold Centre in Saskatoon and the Regina General Hospital. Deliveries will continue to hospitals across the province through December 15.
The donations are a product of the SaskTel’s Comfort for Kids Challenge that encouraged SaskTel employees to purchase as many toys and raise as much money as possible that could be donated in support of the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation and Teddy Bears Anonymous.
While many employees chose to purchase new toys for hospital play rooms, others chose to donate funds that will be used by Teddy Bears Anonymous to purchase teddy bears that are presented to children who find themselves in Saskatchewan’s hospitals.
“Our donations are the result of all the great work our employees do in rallying each other behind causes like making sure pediatric wards have access to toys that will allow kids to still be kids even during a stay in hospital,” said Doug Burnett, SaskTel’s Acting President and CEO. “When a group of employees partnered with the SaskTel Pioneers to challenge the rest of the SaskTel family to join in by raising funds and supplying donations, it was amazing how enthusiastically our staff volunteered or made donations.”