The 2018 Teddy Bear Posse is complete. It started two months ago with the goal of collecting about 4000 stuffed animals for charity. The end result is a record-setting amount of 4500 plushies.
It’s the second year of the Teddy Bear Posse in Fargo, N.D. The event was held in collaboration with Midwest Radio and Gate City Bank, KVRR reported.
People donated brand new teddy bears and stuffed animals. All of the toys will go to children going through a traumatic time.
The Minnesota State Patrol will also receive from the stuffed animals. Police officers will keep them in their patrol cars. Troopers in the 10-county Detroit Lakes district will have at least one in their cars. The toys will then go to kids in tough times to help comfort them.
The FM Ambulance, fire departments, local hospitals and other agencies will also receive stuffed animals. The Teddy Bear Posse will continue with even bigger goals.
“We carry these bears to provide a connection with that child. We could make that traumatizing event for them a little bit better, and the easiest way to do that is if you give a child a toy, especially like a stuffed animal, then you have a connection with that child,” said Captain Bryan Niewind of the North Dakota Highway Patrol.