CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It started as a simple English project at Marvin Ridge Middle School. Do volunteer work and write about it.
Immediately, Danielle Riendeau knew what she wanted to do and who she wanted to help. Riendeau and her twin brother Andrew have a genetic condition called Osteogenesis Imperfecta.
People with O.I. have bones that are so brittle, they can break on contact.
Over the years, the twins went to hospital emergency rooms more than a dozen times.
“Visiting the ER is a scary experience,” she wrote. “I know this first hand because as a baby and toddler I often found myself there,” she said.
The 13 year olds broke their legs, wrists, even fingers. But many times while they were hospitalized, nurses eased their fear and pain with stuffed animals and Teddy Bears.
Reindeau is now going door-to-door asking for her neighbors’ help. She wants to collect new teddy bears to bring to Presbyterian Hospital Matthews where she was often treated.
“It’s going to feel really good to see them happy when they’re hurt,” she said.
You can send your brand new stuffed animals to:
Marvin Ridge Middle School
c/o Danielle Riendeau/Stephanie Haring
2831 Crane Road
Waxhaw, NC 28173