Children's Hospital of Illinois patients get fuzzy Valentine's gift

By WEEK Producer

February 14, 2013 Updated Oct 28, 2013 at 2:22 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Smiles and bear hugs filled the Children's Hospital of Illinois on Thursday.

For Valentine's day, River 97.3 radio delivered hundreds of teddy bears and other stuffed animals to the children.

The toys were collected through its annual teddy bear drive.

Seventh grader Taylor Larson made it her personal goal to collect 700 bears.

Taylor said she received a bear when she was patient and it really meant a lot to her.

She hoped to do the same for other children at the hospital.

"It is really scaring being in the hospital, even for an adult. So kids, you know, they want something that is comforting, something that can go with them to their exams. Parents can't always go in with them. So we just kind of wanted to think of them for today and give them something that is really comforting, and give them a smile," said 97.3 Morning Show Host, Jenn Smith.

Officials at River 97.3 radio said they hope to continue collecting teddy bears, so the hospital can distribute them year round.

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