If you’ve ever had to escort your child to the hospital for anything more than a routine check-up, you know that sometimes things can get downright scary. Blood draws, frightening tests, and even surgery are enough to upset most kids — and leave their parents feeling at a loss for how to calm them. But at IWK Health Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, kids are getting the comfort they need from a super cool source: handmade finger puppets donated from volunteers all around the world.

75,000 of them, to be exact.

A worker at IWK Health Centre stands in front of large bags filled with donated finger puppets.
Image Source: Ben Maycock/IWK Health Centre

Two years ago, the hospital issued a Facebook call-out for finger puppets, and have received so many since that the staff has literally run out of places to store them. Not that anyone’s complaining — IWK runs through 1,000 finger puppets a month with its young patients and with 75,000 on hand, they are definitely set for a while.

One of the hardest parts of parenting so far has been keeping my nerves in check while trying to comfort my son before scary medical procedures. Luckily, his recent surgery was at a hospital with a wonderful pediatric unit, staffed with kind nurses who understood all of my fears and comforted my son at every turn. But having a bunch of fun finger puppets at his disposal sure would have made the hours we spent waiting all the more entertaining (and probably filled with a lot…

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