Hi. My name is Annie, and I work as Sales Engineer in Sanovo Technology in Denmark.My job involves a lot of different tasks, and that is where I thrive best. The same can be said about my private life where many tasks are focused on my 4 wonderful children, but a bit of my time is spent on my big passion - sewing.I have always wanted to help others, but I am not a millionaire and my time is scarce. However, I have managed to combine two interests – helping others and sewing. In January 2016 a new group called “Skadestuebamsen” (= emergency room teddy bear) was started on Facebook (closed group). The goal of the managers of this group is to collect and donate homemade teddy bears (sewing, knitting and/or crocheting) from a lot of volunteers to the different emergency rooms in Denmark. So, when children (aged 0-6 years) comes into the emergency room, because they have experienced some kind of accident, they receive a homemade teddy bear to ease the pain. And it is a huge success! The homemade teddy bears bring so much joy to the child in an otherwise difficult time, and it makes a world of difference in how smooth the treatment can be carried out.Sometimes it is necessary to take a blood sample from a child to test for certain illnesses. And sometimes it has been necessary to hold the child in a firm grip in order to do this. It has been a problem as it is no fun having to hold down a child. The homemade teddy bear has almost eliminated this problem! I am so proud to say that I am part of this group, and that I am able to help children getting through some tough times. I don’t know who receives “my” teddy bears and it is not important – I just know that they will bring joy. And as a mother myself, I know how much such a great "distraction" means - for both parent and child in a difficult situation.Below are a couple of pictures of me and my first batch of teddy bears – most are sewn; a few are knitted. These are the first from me – but absolutely not the last! I have also received permission to show a picture of a child, who have indeed experienced the joy of receiving a teddy bear at an emergency room.Update: I received permission from another mother, who's child had an accident and went to the emergency room, and actually received a teddy bear, which I have made. This only makes me wanna make even more teddy bears. I am at the moment learning to crochet, so I also can make crocheted teddy bears!Update July 2018: I have now delivered 2 bags of teddy bears for the emergency room in Odense/Svendborg. Then a new round can start!
Update from Annie - still very active in the MyKarma Project (2021)
In 2018, Annie Frydensberg Pedersen, Sales Engineer at SANOVO TECHNOLOGY GROUP was rewarded our MyKarma Project award for her commitment to the project: Homemade Teddy Bears for Kids in Emergency Rooms (in Danish, Skadestuebamsen).
The project aims to collect and donate homemade teddy bears (sewing, knitting, and crocheting) to emergency rooms in Denmark. The homemade teddy bears bring joy to the children in an otherwise challenging situation, and it makes a world of difference in how smooth a treatment can be carried out.
Today nearly three years have passed since Annie, and her MyKarma Project won the grand price of DKK 25,000 and was celebrated at our THORNICO Event, and she gives us an update.
Today the Project has grown even larger
A lot has happened in both the projects growth and volunteers engagement keeping 8,400 volunteers busy.
''Today 29 emergency rooms across Denmark are included in the project receiving homemade teddy bears from about 8,400 volunteers across Denmark.'' - Annie Frydensberg Pedersen
Scaling up engagement with a competition
During 2020 there have been some difficulties due to COVID-19. And to try something new, the administrators of the group arranged some competitions. Each month they introduced a specific colour to the volunteers to sew, knit or crochet teddy bears mainly in that particular colour.
When the volunteers delivered the teddy bears each month, the administrators announced a winner and gave the winner a price for their engagement.
The picture shows Annies fantastic teddy bears.
Annie continues her outstanding work for the Project
Annie has been a part of the project right from the beginning in 2016, and she is still an active member because it is such a great project affecting so many kids and their parents.
‘’A funny story is that I received a message from my sister a couple of months ago, where she thanked me for being part of that great project. My oldest niece got hurt at home, and she received a teddy bear for herself and her little sister, which saved the day. And an experience like that makes me want to continue even more.’’ - Annie Frydensberg Pedersen
Annie and her project are an excellent example that a MyKarma Project can be big or small, and everything in between. It can involve one person or thousands of people, your local community or maybe even the planet. In THORNICO, we are very proud of having colleagues like Annie, who take action and make a difference wherever they are located. And we are looking forward following Annie and the volunteers continuing their great work with the project: Homemade Teddy Bears for Kids in Emergency Rooms.
This MyKarma Project is hosted by
Annie Frydensberg Pedersen
Sales Engineer at SANOVO TECHNOLOGY GROUP (Denmark)