Furry Hugs spreads cheer one stuffed animal at a time

Published 9:37 am Thursday, February 15, 2018

On Oct. 24, Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center Volunteer Auxiliary recognized Furry Hugs for its contribution of stuffed animals to local emergency rooms.

Furry Hugs is a non-profit organization created by Richard and Elaine Williams as a way to give back to the community. With donated funds, Furry Hugs purchases stuffed animals with embroidered features that are safe for children. Furry Hugs volunteers package and distribute the stuffed animals to community partners like Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center.

When a child comes into the emergency room for treatment, they are usually upset and crying. Normally a hospital volunteer or staff member will give the child a Furry Hugs stuffed animal.  The goal is for the child to snuggle with the stuffed animal, bringing a sense of warmth and peace. Furry Hugs stuffed animals have also been used in the neonatal intensive care unit at Forsyth Medical Center to comfort bereaved parents.

To learn more, visit at www.furryhugs.org and Like Furry Hugs Foundation on Facebook.