Teen makes MedBugs pillows to help comfort children staying in the hospital

Pillows give to comfort children in the hospital

FORT COLLINS - Sounds strange to deliver a "bug" to a hospital. But 7Everyday Hero Lauren Schneider has done it hundreds of times.

Schneider sews plush pillow pets she calls MedBugs. The soft, colorful creatures prove pretty good medicine for children fighting an illness.

"I like knowing that it'll help a kid feel better,' said Schneider.

Schneider knows what it’s like to spend too much time in the hospital. She spent five weeks there when she was just 8-years-old.

She remembers a stuffed animal helping her feel better back then. Schneider is 16 now.

When it came time for this accomplished Girl Scout to pursue scouting's prestigious Gold Award for positive change in her community, Schneider got an idea that brought her to the Sewing Circle store in Fort Collins.

"So, it took a lot of courage for her to come in and ask for help, and it takes a lot of courage to stand in front of 20 to 30 people and say: 'here's how you can help me, here's what we're going to do and here's where they end up," said The Sewing Circle Owner, Melissa Mangan.

Now, people of all ages help Schneider sew MedBugs at the store.

"I can tell this really matters to her, making a difference in young kid's lives who are going through a medical emergency, a medical time in their life," said Laura Stroud, Girls Scouts of Colorado.

Schneider hopes others will follow her lead.

"For part of the (Gold Award) project you have to have sustainability for the project.  So, my sustainability is these resource books," said Schneider.

Lauren Schneider has spent at least 2,000 hours and much of her own money making more than 300 MedBugs.

Each one helping a child in the hospital feel better.

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