Fort Myers, FL – It was all smiles at The Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida June 30.  Executives from CenturyLink personally passed out 60 handmade stuffed bears.  The phone and high speed internet company provides service in 33 states and chose The Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida as one of three hospitals throughout the country to receive the bears.

 

“Seeing those kids light up was really neat,” said Erik Zimmer, Vice President of CenturyLink’s Southwest Florida Market.  “We have over 800 employees that work here in Southwest Florida and we’re really glad to have a chance to give back to the community.”

 

Using materials from the Build-A-Bear Workshop®, CenturyLink employees created more than 150 stuffed animals as part of a team-building exercise when they gathered earlier this year to recognize some of the company’s outstanding employees.  The 60 stuffed animals that went to The Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida included bears, dogs and cats.  Each came with clothing and a handwritten message to a child from the employee who built it.

 

“Helping the children feel comfortable during their stay here is very important to us,” said Karen Krieger, Lee Memorial’s System Director of Public Affairs.  “The stuffed animals are sure to put a smile on their faces.  We appreciate what CenturyLink has done.”

 

About CenturyLink

CenturyLink is a leading provider of high-quality broadband, entertainment and voice services over its advanced communications networks to consumers and businesses in 33 states.  CenturyLink, headquartered in Monroe, LA., is an S&P 500 company and is included among the Fortune 500 list of America’s largest corporations.  For more information on CenturyLink, visit www.centurylink.com.