Catherine Cares will deliver dozens of Heartbeat Bears to Mercy hospital. The bears, designed by Build-A-Bear Workshop and Catherine Cares, will be gifted to families of babies who receive a life threatening prenatal diagnosis. The bears allow the hospital staff to record the baby’s heartbeat, hopefully providing some comfort during a challenging time.


11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 16 at Mercy Hospital


Mercy Hospital, 615 S New Ballas Rd, St Louis, MO 63141


The delivery will be made by Wayne and Lauren Turley, founders of Catherine Cares, along with representatives from Bristol Elementary School who won the Spring 2017 Bucks for Bears grant.

Bucks for Bears is an elementary and middle school philanthropic & leadership program designed by Catherine Cares. The students of Bristol Elementary School of Webster Groves, MO were the winners of the Spring 2017 Bucks for Bears grant. The school raised funds for Catherine Cares Heartbeat Bears. They also applied for the Bucks for Bears grant by submitting a video to show how their school shared their caring H.E.A.R.T.s (Healing, Empathy, Action, Raising Awareness, and Teamwork) with the families Catherine Cares serves. The winner of the grant received $250 for their student leadership team and the opportunity to deliver a round of Catherine Cares Heartbeat Bears.


Students making the deliveries to hospital staff.

Interview with Wayne and Lauren Turley, hospital representatives


Catherine Cares provides Heartbeat Bears as well as restaurant and fuel gift cards to families of babies facing a devastating diagnosis. They offer families hope and they want the families to know they are not alone during this challenging time. Regardless of the outcome of the diagnosis, they want to reassure families that they will come through on the other side. They may be forever changed, but they will be able to smile again.

Catherine Cares & Bucks for Bears are offering another grant opportunity during the 2017-18 school year. Any schools interested in participating, email Catherine Cares through the website, catherinecares.org