OK, it was a bit dramatic. However, these puppets are worth attention because of their puprose, not their look. Our local children hospital (the main one) is offering them at the information desk to all little patients. We got a few during our hospital stay and visits and kept them for years even though they were simple 'half fingers' with eyes.
The current patterns listed on the hospital website feature a doll with hands, face and hair, a mouse and a duck. But I believe knitters make and donate all kinds. I decided to add some based on my kids interests. From left to right: Stegosaurus, Princess, Owl, Bunny, Puppy.
Also, I have started a new Ravelry group, Halifax Charity Knitters http://www.ravelry.com/groups/halifax-charity-knitters (link is posted with Jan's permission).
It's a local group (for the purpose of creating stronger community ties and eliminating mailing costs), however, you are welcome to take a look, join or participate if it's something that speaks to you.
Thanks for your continuous moral support and encouragement!