Spending the holidays in the hospital can be a tough experience for most young kids, but local patient, Angeline Campbell is taking it stride.
The 12 year old was admitted into the University Hospital of Northern BC after suffering stomach pains over the last two weeks, but on Friday the Prince George Humane Society paid her and many other kids at the pediatric ward a special visit.
“It’s funny, just really funny and that’s very nice of them,” Campbell said.
With teddy bears in hand donated by PetSmart and free pizza from the Spruceland Little Caesars, a group of Christmas elves from Big Brothers and Sisters also spread holiday cheer for kids who need it most. Angeline’s mother, Linda Harding was overwhelmed by the support.
“Anybody that works here, you can hear the kids crying at night and hour after hour you can hear the parents what they’re going through. The people here are blessed and it’s got to be the hardest job in the world,” Harding said.
Executive Director of the PG Humane Society, Angela McLaren says the initiative is all part of the ’12 Days of Giving.’ “We know it will bring lots of love to the community and put smiles on the kid’s faces,” she said. “We have a lot of donations coming in particularly around Christmas time, and we do a lot of spay and neuter and vaccination and humane education programs.”
McLaren mentioned that giving back to the community is important as the Society seeks to find foster homes for the 97 animals they are currently caring for. “Animals are very therapeutic, they love us unconditionally and no matter what we do or what they say, they’ll always be there for us, so we encourage anyone to foster at this time.”
For now, the simple gift of a teddy bear brings just a little bit of happiness to kids like Angeline. The happy patient pointed to her new bear and said, “This one I’m going to call ‘Chance’ and this one? Hmm.. I don’t know,” she laughed.
The Prince George Humane Society’s 12 Days Of Giving continues until Christmas Day with all events posted on their Facebook page.