The Winona Elks Club donated colorful stuffed elks for Winona Health Emergency Department staff to give to their young patients.
Stuffed animals are a comfort and a distraction to children who may be hurt and afraid while receiving medical care. According to Dick Ledebuhr, Elks Club south district president/PER, and Jerry Wineski, Elks Club treasurer/PER, who delivered 120 of the stuffed animals, if a stuffed elk will make a child feel a little more comfortable, then the Elks Club members have achieved their goal.
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Photo: Winona Elks Club members delivered stuffed elks for Emergency Department staff to give to young patients. Pictured (l to r): Britton Ercanbrack, DO, Emergency Medicine/Urgent Care; Karen Dworschack, housekeeping aide; Kim Pflughoeft, Emergency Department technician; Dick Ledebuhr, Elks south district president/PER; Laura Stussy, RN, Emergency Department; Marilou Dienger, RN, Emergency Department; Sheryl Klug, RN, Emergency Department; Jerry Wineski, Elks treasurer/PER; and Betsy Midthun, VP of Community Engagement at Winona Health.