Throughout the month of March, Horizon collected member donations towards purchasing stuffed animals characterized by our mascot Hedgie. In total, 160 stuffed Hedgies were donated to local children receiving care in the pediatrics units and emergency departments at UPMC Williamsport, UPMC Lock Haven, and UPMC Muncy.
“A visit to the emergency department or stay in the hospital can be a difficult experience, especially for a child. Often, something as simple as a stuffed animal and a smile from a doctor, nurse, or staff member can make all the difference, bringing calm, comfort, and joy in a time of uncertainty and fear,” said Patti Jackson- Gehris, president, UPMC in North Central PA. “Community contributions can have a rippling effect adding to the exceptional quality care our staff provide in the communities we serve in northcentral Pa. We’re grateful to organizations like Horizon Federal Credit Union, its members, and others, for their generous contributions that support our mission.”
“Nobody wants to spend time in the hospital, especially a young child. We hope the Hedgies will brighten the children's stay, even if it's just a little.” said Michael Patterson, Horizon’s Chief Branding Officer. “Our members really stepped up to the plate, helped to make a difference, and get Hedgie into our local hospitals and into the hands of the young patients.”
Horizon had previously donated Teddy Bears in years past, but due to COVID restrictions, this annual donation was paused out of abundance of caution for the children during that time. “To build a brighter financial future,” says Justin Howard, Horizon’s President and CEO, “it all starts with hope for a better tomorrow. In this case, our members know that a brighter future can start with a smile on a child’s face and knowledge that the community is supporting them through the challenges they are facing. We are constantly amazed by the community and membership we serve.”