Published on March 21, 2022

Alpena Patients to Benefit From Local Church Group’s Donation

Ann Diamond (left), fund development director, MyMichigan Health Foundation; Sandra Christopherson (center), outreach coordinator, The Forget Me Nots; and Pastor John Shipman (right) of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church are shown holding some of the stuffed animals that were donated to MyMichigan Medical Center Alpena.

Ann Diamond (left), fund development director, MyMichigan Health Foundation; Sandra Christopherson (center), outreach coordinator, The Forget Me Nots; and Pastor John Shipman (right) of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church are shown holding some of the stuffed animals that were donated to MyMichigan Medical Center Alpena.

Patients receiving treatment at MyMichigan Medical Center Alpena are being comforted during their stay with a stuffed animal, thanks to a donation from a local church group, The Forget Me Nots.

Pastor John Shipman of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church and Sandra Christopherson, outreach coordinator for The Forget Me Nots, recently donated numerous stuffed animals to support patients receiving care at the Medical Center. 

“Collecting stuffed animals for the hospital was the group’s outreach project for February,” said Christopherson. “We hope the animals will comfort children or adults that are receiving treatment at the hospital, offer encouragement to ICU and surgery patients that are recovering, or reassure patients and family members that need the services of EMS first responders.”

From fluffy purple monkeys to fuzzy turquoise teddy bears and everything in between, the stuffed animals not only help soothe and calm the children who receive them but are also appreciated by those who need a little extra comfort, such as an elderly patient or even a child of a parent receiving treatment.

“It is very calming for patients when they receive a stuffed animal,” said Ann Diamond, fund development director, MyMichigan Health Foundation. “We not only see comfort in the eyes of the patient but hear appreciation in the voices of the family members who are grateful for this kindness. Reducing the anxiety of patients undergoing medical care enables our staff to better concentrate on the patient’s medical needs and provide the excellent care they deserve.”

“The outpouring of interest in this outreach project was incredible,” continued Pastor Shipman.  “We are pleased to continue our partnership with the Medical Center and are thankful we can help provide hope and a smile to whoever needs it.”

Those interested in learning more about philanthropic opportunities at the Medical Center may contact Diamond at (989) 356-7738 or visit www.mymichigan.org/donations.