Care Bears: Sulphur Springs woman collects stuffed animals for EMS program

By PATTI SELLS | News-Telegram Feature Writer

Dec. 14, 2007 - “Peace on Earth, good will toward men” is the sentiment in the Christmas carol, but it was good will toward children that was the case for Tassie Davidson.

Staff Photo by Angela Pitts

Hopkins County’s EMS crews give teddy bears to youngsters who have the unfortunate experience of riding in an ambulance. Tassie Davidson recently bolstered their supplies by collecting 30 teddy bears with the help of (sitting, left to right) her grandchildren Leo and Violet Altenbaumer and their friend, Autumn and Annalisa Tanton, pictured sitting left to right. Ambulance personnel accepting the stuffed animals are (back, left to right) Danny Wilburn, Sandy Jeffery, Mindy Harris and Jeff Sanders. 

Davidson it upon herself to supply teddy bears for Hopkins County Emergency Medical services this holiday season after learning a special program for children was running short on the stuffed animals.

Davidson, a resident of Sulphur Springs for the past 15 years, said she wanted to do something good for the community. She recalled hearing that teddy bears were distributed to children who have the unfortunate experience of riding in an ambulance due to illness, accidents or other emergencies.

"I've never had to be in an ambulance before, so I can only imagine the fear," she said. "Maybe teddy bears help ease their pain and take a little fear out of the experience."

Davidson called Hopkins County EMS and was informed that they were down to their last eight bears. She immediately solicited the help of her Beta Sigma Phi sisters, as well as her soon-to-be 6 year old granddaughter, Violet Altenbaumer, and Violet's best friend, Autumn Tanton.

In three weeks' time they collected approximately 30 bears of all different kinds, according to Davidson.

"This is the giving season, and I just wanted to do something worthwhile," Davidson explained. "This helps children ease their pain and maybe brings a little smile to their face."

Anyone who would like to donate a teddy bear, can contact Davidson at 903-439-0029.

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