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In Disguise, Stuffed Puppies Bring Smiles To Ill Faces


Patients in the Pediatric Unit at CaroMont Regional Medical Center got a cute and cuddly surprise on Jan. 10 when representatives from the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas came by to hand out stuffed puppies.

CaroMont Regional Medical Center relies heavily on donated blood from Community Blood Center of the Carolinas which is strictly a blood center, focused on gathering blood from volunteer donors to help save lives. All the blood donations remain local. As part of their way of saying thank you, every year the CBCC delivers stuffed animals to hospitals who are beneficiaries of their blood donations.

This year was a bit different. The hospital is operating under its flu visitation policy which restricts visitors 12 years of age and under and anyone with flu-like symptoms from visiting the hospital. While the representatives from blood center were not sick, for added precaution the hospital required them to also wear masks. However, to make it fun for the kids, the hospital decorated the masks as animal characters — frog, fish, and cat — inspired by the creativity of staff from another doctor’s office at CaroMont Health who turned a staff’s mask into Santa Clause.

The stuffed deliveries helped to turn not-so-healthy frowns into big, happy smiles…and yawns.

For more information about how to donate blood visit , or for more information about the flu visitation policy, visit