Agrace Hospice bear program

Ashleigh Smiley, Agrace Hospice Volunteer Coordinator and McFarland Lioness/Lions members Sue Tuecke, Colleen McCormick, and Pat Zapp are pictured with a few of the teddy bears donated by the McFarland Lioness/Lions Club to the Agrace Hospice Care patients.

Agrace Hospice Care Dori Bear Program. Nearly 1900 new teddy bears have been donated to the program by Club members over the last 17 years.

Doris Klubertanz, a local member of the McFarland Community, was the inspiration for the Dori Bear Program. She collected teddy bears throughout her life, believing they brought comfort and warmth to people of all ages. When she passed away in 1994, her family donated her entire collection to Agrace and made a gift to establish the Dori Bear Program. The program’s teddy bears have been used over the years to bring comfort to Agrace Hospice Care’s patients and their family members when staff notice a need.