The Mullumbimby Hospital Auxiliary has beaten Santa to the punch, dropping off dozens of hand-made teddy bears and quilts to the Byron Central Hospital.
The bears are given to children admitted to the emergency department to help comfort them during their hospital stay.
The quilts are destined for the Oncology and Women’s Care units, where they’ll help kids to feel warm and safe.
The Auxiliary presented the quilts and bears to Byron Central Hospital last week.
According to Auxiliary President Debbie Butler, some quilts can easily take well over 100 hours to complete.
“Most quilts, I would say, take about 50 hours of work to complete,” Debbie said.
“Though this particular colourful patchwork quilt is all stitched by hand and would have easily taken over 100 hours.”
To date, the auxiliary has delivered more than 100 quilts to the hospital, including double-size quilts for the Women’s Care Unit.
They also make teddies and other soft toy animals to gift to patients each year.
“When you see a child smile when they get one of the bears, or looking safe and warm in a quilt, it really just makes your day,” Mrs Butler said.