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Redmond holiday tea party benefits kids’ grief support camp

Holiday tea party includes visits with Santa and storytime with Mrs. Claus

REDMOND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- Children and their families enjoyed tea and crumpets at Teddy Bear Tea on Sunday, hosted by the Hospice of Redmond at Juniper Golf Club.

The community tea party raised funds for Camp Sunrise, a grief support camp for children ages seven to 14 in Central Oregon.

Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and Cinnamon Bear met with the children and their families throughout the event.

The name of the event refers to giving each child the opportunity to pick out a free teddy bear donated by community members and hospice volunteers. 

"We provide teddy bears for all these children, and as part of our bereavement program at hospice of Redmond, we have people come in who actually make teddy bears for these children," said Maureen Dooley, communications coordinator for Hospice of Redmond.

Area high school students volunteered as greeters, servers and goodwill ambassadors for the children present at the event.

Hospice of Redmond is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit, independent and Medicare-certified organization providing quality end of life care, bereavement support, transition programs, and community support. 

Central Oregon / News

Rhea Panela

Rhea Panela is a multimedia journalist for NewsChannel 21. Learn more about Rhea here.

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