Project Smile

Every year paramedics treat thousands of children for injury and illness in Calgary. These situations can be extremely frightening for a child, and at times can make it difficult to treat him or her. This program Project Smile provides sick and injured children with a stuffed “Medic Moose” toy. It has proven effective in decreasing their fears and anxieties, ensuring the best care possible can be provided.

Every year, paramedics give out several hundreds of Medic Moose plush toys to children during a 9-1-1 call.

Consider this:

You are driving down the highway when the truck beside you changes lanes without warning. As you struggle to avoid a collision, you are forced off the road onto the shoulder. When your wheels hit the gravel, you loose control of your vehicle and roll twice before coming to a rest upside down. You are conscious and injured, but unable to assist yourself or your child, who is still firmly strapped into his car seat behind you. When the ambulance and fire trucks arrive, a team of paramedics assess and extricate both you and your child, who is terrified and crying. One of the paramedics reaches for a Medic Moose, which is stocked on every city ambulance. The child accepts the toy, begins to smile, and allows the paramedics to continue treating him. You are relieved, knowing your child is being comforted, and that you are receiving the best care possible.