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PHS Tote’s Harold the NovemBEAR Around in Support of Crescent Cove

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Harold’s many adventures

PHS had the honor of supporting one local charity throughout the month of November by participating in NovemBEAR. Beginning November 1st PHS employees brought our bear, Harold, on different adventures throughout the Twin Cities. The bear is a symbol of support recognizing families of children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions. It is also meant to spark conversation and bring awareness to Crescent Cove. When anyone would ask us why, as grown adults, we were carrying a teddy bear, we were able to share information about the need for a hospice home directly focused on children in the Twin Cities.

In fact, there are currently not any children’s respite home in the Midwest and only three the United States. Children’s Lighthouse of Minnesota is dedicated changing that and building an independent home that will provide short respite breaks for children with life-limiting conditions and families, and an option beyond the hospital or home environment for compassionate hospice care at the end of life.

PHS employees had a great time raising awareness and toting Harold around with us for such a great cause. Harold’s social life could have rivaled that of any celebrity with the number of events we had him going to. He went to a waterpark,  a cystic fibrosis conference, volunteered at the Hunger Mission for Union Gospel Mission, a hockey tournament in Brainerd, sledding up in East Bethel, raised money for cancer research on Be Bold, Be Bald day, played on an ATV, dressed up as a super hero for Halloween, and pedaled for almost 10 hours straight to raise money for Spare Key. I’d say he’s the most philanthropic teddy bear around, wouldn’t you?

Did you carry a bear? If so, what was your experience? We’d love to hear from you. So would Harold. 🙂

Originally published: December 7, 2012