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Local businesses are collecting new stuffed animals & toys for PeaceHealth waiting room

A drive has begun on behalf of the Chelsey Rae Ebert Legacy Project to collect new stuffed animals and other plush toys to create a year’s supply for children who find themselves in a new kid-friendly waiting room at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center’s emergency department.

PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center officials say they are creating the new waiting room specially designed for children dealing with stressful situations. It will include an area for coloring, kid-friendly shows on TVs, quiet areas for reading and a personal computer room.

Collection organizers say they will continue the drive until enough new plush items have been collected so every child who enters the waiting area this year will be able to receive a special toy. Fortiphi Insurance of Blaine is credited for creating and managing the drive.

Donations can be dropped off in the hot pink bins located Ferndale at:

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  • Ferndale Grocery Outlet
  • Banner Bank branch at Haggen
  • Peoples Bank
  • Samuel’s Furniture
  • Woods Coffee
  • Walgreens
  • Ferndale Chamber of Commerce

Chelsey Rae Ebert, was a 16-year-old Ferndale High School (FHS) student when she passed away from cancer in 2007. Her family has since seen to it her wish for a scholarship in her name benefiting FHS senior girls was fulfilled. In the 10 years since, the family reports over $1-million in donations have been received and over 100 FHS scholarships granted. The CRE Legacy Project is additional means to honor Ebert according to the family.

UPDATE 6/15/18 5:40pm
The last paragraph was updated with correct information regarding the amount received in donations. It erroneously was reported as over $100,000. The correct amount is over $1-million.

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