Wanda Renz once raised her hand in answer to the question, "Who sews?" More than 250 Memory Bears later, and she is still sewing. A volunteer for more than seven years, Wanda has made hundreds of Memory Bears for patients’ families. Each Memory Bear, a work of art that brings joyous life to the clothing of a loved one, can take up to eight hours to create. With painstaking detail, Wanda uses items from the clothing - buttons, labels, belts - to personalize each bear to the patient. She handcrafts the bear’s eyes to match the loved one and incorporates details that the family has provided to be sure every aspect is a perfect memory for them.
Upon presentation of a Memory Bear, family members often shed tears of joy, warmly embracing the bear as though they are hugging their loved one.
Wanda’s dedication to creating Memory Bears is making a difference by providing cherished memories and bringing comfort to families for years to come.
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