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Beary Special Update: Thank You for Restocking the Prayer Bear Den!

Prayer Bear Thank You

Video by Tom Riehm.

National Teddy Bear Day is Sept. 9.  We're celebrating in a BEARY special way for this patient tradition at Cook Children's.

In July, the Cook Children's Spiritual Care team called on the community to restock the prayer bear den. As of Sept. 8, the den has more than 3,200 additional prayer bears thanks to our generous community.

Prayer bears are a way to remind patients that they are not alone. The Spiritual Care team gives out over 300 bears per week at the Medical Center. These bears are given to patients who need encouragement or support after a painful procedure, during a lengthy hospital stay or during difficult times.

Many congregations and community organizations participate in the interfaith ministry's PrayerBear program. New toy teddy bears of all shapes, sizes and colors are blessed during worship services, then they are delivered to medical center chaplains. 

Would you like to get involved? All bears must be new, with no scent, and with no words/logos. Email or donate at

About Cook Children's

Cook Children’s Health Care System embraces an inspiring Promise – to improve the health of every child through the prevention and treatment of illness, disease and injury. Based in Fort Worth, Texas, we’re proud of our long and rich tradition of serving our community. Our not-for-profit organization is comprised of nine companies, including our Medical Center, Physician Network, Home Health company, Northeast Hospital, Pediatric Surgery Center, Health Plan, Health Services Inc., Child Study Center and Health Foundation. With more than 60 primary, specialty and urgent care locations throughout Texas, families can access our top-ranked specialty programs and network of services to meet the unique needs of their child. For 100 years, we’ve worked to improve the health of children from across our primary service area of Denton, Hood, Johnson, Parker, Tarrant and Wise counties. We combine the art of caring with leading technology and extraordinary collaboration to provide exceptional care for every child. This has earned Cook Children’s a strong, far-reaching reputation with patients traveling from around the country and the globe to receive life-saving pediatric care. For more information, visit