Police departments across the US have been using stuffed animals for years to help children cope with crime. The police needs more stuffies to be donated.
Thus the Police officers in Charlotte and The Ingham County are settiing up a new teddy bear donation campaign. They are calling it “Teddy Bear Posse” and it gives people the chance to donate stuffed animals to help children in need.
Believe us, stuffed animals really do help children cope with crime. They are also useful in stressful situations and depression. The donated stuffies will be kept in police cars and policemen will give them to kids who are going through dramatic situations.
“Nobody wants to see a child in pain, nobody wants to see a child hurt, and you know, we’re here to show them that we can be friendly. And for children, that we’re somebody they can turn to in a time of need to help with their problems,” says Lt. Vern Elliot of the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office to the WILX10.
The Teddy Bear Posse campaign received a big start from Carl v Wreck Jewelers which has donated 1000 teddy bears. You can make donations at Applebee’s restaurants, Bigby Coffee, NCG Cinema, Option One Credit Unions and Shaheen Chevrolet. Look for the Two Men And A Truck donation boxes.
94.1 Duke-FM and 92.9 WLMI-FM are also joining the campaign to collect new teddy bears and stuffed animals for the Lansing Police Department and both Eaton and Ingham County Sheriff’s Departments.
The Teddy Bear Posse campaign will go on for a while, so you have more than enough time to buy a stuffed animal and donate it. It is a requirement to donate only new stuffies.
Such campaigns are popping up everywhere. It was not too long ago that we reported about the 11-year-old Morgan Hammond who recently formed a teddy bear drive and managed to gather and donate more than 200 stuffed animals for the Garden City emergency services. It seems that stuffies really do help and become a much needed “partner” for the officers.