UNC REX hospital gives out 450 teddy bears to patients for Christmas

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- UNC REX Hospital carried on its Christmas tradition of giving out teddy bears for Christmas on Thursday.

More than 450 bears were given out to hospital patients as a bright spot for having to spend Christmas in the hospital.

Most years, volunteers help deliver the bears, but COVID-19 put a pause on that. The tradition has gone on for more than 20 years and on Thursday, carried on through nurses and hospital staff.

Patient Wynona Buchanan and UNC REX employee Shameca McKinnie

North Carolina recently surpassed 3,000 COVID-19 hospitalizations throughout the state.
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