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Teddy bears donated to kids at CVMC

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Mike Mazza (left), Raley’s Gardnerville store manager, and Brian Trute (right), charity, donation and fundraising chairman for the East Fork Professional Firefighters Local 3726, delivered 40 teddy bears donated by Raley’s shoppers during the holidays to CVMC employees( from left) Nici Vogler, Davia Eakins, Alisa Cassity and Lavaughn Westbrook.

Representatives from Raley's in Gardnerville and East Fork Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 3726 recently dropped off 40 teddy bears Carson Valley Medical Center to cheer up children undergoing medical treatment in the emergency room, infusion center and urgent care.

The bears were collected during the Share Your Holiday Food Drive.

The bears were purchased by Raley's shoppers during the store's annual Food for Families holiday food drive, said Mike Mazza, store manager. Raley's also donated 190,000 pounds of food to the Carson Valley Community Food Closet as part of the food drive.

"I had the idea to give the bears to a children's hospital," Mazza said. "Since we don't have one in Douglas County, I reached out to EFPF. Brian suggested CVMC. As a joint effort between our community, EFPF and CVMC, Raley's is proud to be part of neighbors helping neighbors."

"When children come through our emergency room doors the situation is never good, and it can be very scary for them," said Cindy Duhn, emergency room manager. "When we can hand a child a teddy bear, it truly helps them feel safe and more comfortable. We want to thank the people at EFPF, Raley's, and the community for making these donations happen."

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