Mercy Mission Bear Hospital and Adoption Agency was founded in November 2012 by Dr. Marcia Ann Mims Coppertino to address the needs of those suffering from short or long term and terminal illnesses as well as lonely seniors and elders and children in need of "comfort care" friends in the form of teddy bears when undergoing treatment for life threatening illnesses.
Dr Coppertino recognized the emotional trauma that children as well as teddy bears suffer as a result of abandonment, re-location, discardment and change of ownership, and made a decision to "keep alive" the premise that stuffed bears are therapeutic, silent friends and great company keepers to their owners.
Dr Coppertino and the Mercy Mission volunteer staff knew that reviving the American Teddy Bear and it's vivid history would stir emotions of endearment for all things tender, at a time when crisis after crisis is affecting America. To remember the teddy bear in love would only bring joy and comfort to those awaiting surgery, treatments and most of all....a new life with a new friend, the bear!
At present, Mercy Mission Bear Hospital employs 4 Seamstresses and 2 Repair Assistants; a Bear Nurse Practitioner, an "Surgical" Doctor and several volunteers who have the task of light office work, along with responsibility of locating, retrieving and delivering various abandoned and discarded bears to our donated facilities in the city of Gardena. We also receive calls from owners who donate the bears to us for repairs, cleaning and re-tagging them for adoption, while new teddy bears are donated to sick and homeless children across So California and beyond.
We are happy to report that 90% of all proceeds donated to Mercy Mission Bear Hospital yearly are used to carry out our mission with the balance remaining to the operating costs of our temporary facilities. We also present monthly lectures and workshops on "Teddy Bear Care and Preservation"; "Teddy Bear Origins"; perform the "From Agency to Bedside" talks; "Teddy Bears and Cancer" series, "Teddy Bears and Children's Diseases"; "Bears and Therapy Techniques"; "How To Take Advantage of The Aspects of Healing With Teddy Bears"; "How To Journal With Teddy"; "Teddy Bears Down Through the Centuries and in Antiquity", and how to perform prayers with Teddy Bears by your side ....AND MORE!
Dr Coppertino states that there is no shortage of the needs for the teddy bears presence, and that they are always a welcome site in clinics, medical offices, nursing homes, convalescent homes and hospitals and the family home in general. They also make great office friends when a soft touch and a reminder of days gone by is needed, are of course, they are trouble free and they tell no secrets!
Please support Mercy Mission Bear Hospital and Adoption Agency with your financial gifts and bear donations! A DONOR CERTIFICATE, suitable for framing, is available to all donors and supporters if requested!
Mercy Mission is a 501 (c) (3) Federal Non Profit organization, and California State Non Profit in good standing.
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Dr. Marcia Ann Mims Coppertino, Director of Operations, U.S Team
OPERATION DOCTORS FOR AFGHANISTAN team members consist of professionals such as Marcia Ann Mims Coppertino, Ph.D, Director of U.S. Operations, who has been a trailblazer in the community, corporate and business world for over four decades since the age of 16, and has assisted companies in advisory business naming, business formation services, business implementation process and business development branding for major corporations and business entities. Dr Coppertino has developed, structured and participated in corporate grand openings/events/galas of major business, healthcare, university, non profit and political organizations. She has also acted as advisor, director, colleague, friend and confidant to businessmen and women from the Pulpit to the White House!
Dr Coppertino has also acted as the West Coast General Manager for Cendant subsidiary, Jackson Hewitt financial Services (JH). In this capacity, Dr Coppertino opened over 40 tax and financial management offices for JH, trained over 300 employees to become tax agents, and was also the first General Manager to offer placement in financial/tax related offices in local check cashing facilities throughout Los Angeles County. Dynamic and forceful, Dr Coppertino was able to command the dedication and energy in all necessary to fulfil her promise of growth and stability within the operations.
Under the tenure of Dr Coppertino, a Human Resource Department for JH was opened in California which developed payroll systems for hundreds of California employees. A 20 million dollar California budget was utilized to bring JH into the financial arena from Virginia Beach, Virginia, which led to the designation of JH as second only to H and R Block in the state.
Dr Coppertino also formerly acted as an Executive Coach and Consultant with Executive Service Corps, which is responsible for advising non profit entities, based in Los Angeles. She participated in closed door sessions to help Executive Directors remain informed and advised on upcoming financial changes in the non profit sector and how to maintain fiscal health in their corporate duties on a day to day basis.
Dr Coppertino presently advises businesses around the world and is in the fundraising stages for a school named after her in Uganda. She is a mother of four; speaks 8 languages; is an accomplished Classical Sacred Music Soprano, lending her voice to hundreds each week through local churches as an avid lover of the human race. Her song repertoire includes spirituals such as: “Steal Away”…”Don’t Be Weary, Traveler”… “Nobody Knows The Trouble I’ve Seen” and Latin favorites “Panis Angelicus”…”Ave Maria”...”O Cessate Di Piagarmo”. Her works as a community activist, lover of children, animal lover and defender of the people are known to all who know and love her!
Firms she has developed, assisted, advised or counseled, but not limited to are 1,000 Women In white, to be followed by 100 Men In Black Global March for Peace, Faith and Family…which as of December 2015 has 25 countries involved and 47 U.S. States across the nation which has earned Dr Coppertino recognition from the Mayor of Los Angeles and City Council members. Her services as Western Regional Coordinator for THE WOMEN FOR OBAMA, and the U.S. Regional Director for WIN WOMEN OF FAITH 9 U.S. regions, and various profit and non profit entities keeps her on her feet for community!
Dr. Coppertino has doctoral degrees in Science, Psychology and Comparative Religion and as a mathematician, she tutored students in geometry at the age of 14. She is also a Scuba Diver, Master Couturier Tailor and former Outreach Coordinator for the USC Institute for Genetic Medicine, IG AG. Dr. Coppertino has been invite to join research scholars Summer 2016 in Denmark, University of Copenhagen to study International Conflicts, Relations and Diplomacy Studies.
The teddy bears at Mercy Mission Bear Hospital and Adoption Agency are treated to field trips and birthday parties on a regular basis and are never left out of fun and happy times!