Donors, volunteers want hospitalized kids to have a ‘beary’ good Valentine’s Day


AUSTIN (KXAN) — A special event was held Sunday in hopes of giving sick kids something extra to make them feel loved on Valentine’s Day.

Families turned out to Barton Creek Square Mall and made stuffed animals that will become part of a “bear mountain” at the Ronald McDonald House where families and sick children can claim their new best friend.

“It’s amazing to hear their stories and how something as small as a stuffed animal can mean at a time of great difficulty,” said Karen Matuszewski, who founded the event 10 years ago.

Since it began, about 20,000 bears have been made and donated to families with critically ill or injured children.

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