MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Children hospitalized at Mercy Health in Muskegon will now have the comfort of a stuffed animal.
Starting last month, PetSmart collected more than 1,300 stuffed animals and on Tuesday delivered them to Mercy Health.
Hospital workers say simple things like a stuffed animal help children relax during a time that is often scary.
"When they are having a tough time at the hospital they will get a cute stuffy to squeeze, so they feel comfort and warmth, and they are really soft," said Tonya Phillips with the Muskegon PetSmart.
"Having that stuffed animal is so critical," said Mercy Health's Holly Alway. "It gives them just a little piece of comfort. Hopefully to distract them off what has brought them to the E.R. in the first place."
The hospital treats more than 22,000 children each year.