San Leandro, California (PressExposure) May 10, 2012 -- Tag Along Teddy® (http://www.tagalongteddy.com), the maker of stuffed animal backpacks, is pleased to donate goody bags made from innovative backpacks to Children's Hospital and Research Center Foundation Oakland. The backpacks were packed with cool stuff that kids adore like crayons, pencils, construction paper, stickers, book covers, and baseball caps. Children's Hospital Oakland is the only independent children's hospital in Northern California.
Tag Along Teddy is a backpack with a removable stuffed animal. According to DeNay S. Thomas-Ramsey, president and founder of Tag Along Teddy, "The inspiration was to design backpacks that are functional and fun."
Stuffed animals are fastened to backpacks by Velcro straps, one strap around each shoulder and the other strap around the doll's waist. Backpacks are made in toddler and large sizes. The concept was to design merchandise that enable kids to carry their teddy bears with them anywhere. Backpacks hold daily necessities like books, pencils, snacks, medications, and more, while stuffed animals are comforting and endearing toys. Tag Along Teddy combines them jointly together. All merchandise is made of 100% polyester.
The donation will help supplement the activities and entertainment that Children's Hospital and Research Center Oakland provides patients. Crayons and pencils are not lend-able supplies because of the risk of spreading germs and bacteria, and cannot be shared between patients. "These items are given to children, so supplies are always needed because of their high turnover."
Tag Along Teddy realizes the inconvenience that young patients endure while hospitalized. Not only is it difficult being away from friends and family, but not being able to participate in normal activities is also challenging. "Having a teenage daughter that is regularly hospitalized with Cystic Fibrosis (CF), I see firsthand the hassles of being hospitalized for a kid. Kids don't always comprehend the requirements of being in the hospital and feel that their stay is a huge burden. We're doing our small part for making hospital stays easier to cope with," said Thomas-Ramsey.
Since its founding in 1967, Children's Hospital and Research Center Foundation Oakland has raised millions of dollars annually from corporations, charitable organizations, and individuals. The Foundation improves medical services, programs, and helps care for patients that otherwise couldn't afford medical treatment. Its goal is to build financial support for the hospital's current and future needs through a full spectrum of development activities.