Ted­dies for com­fort packs

South Taranaki Star - - OUT & ABOUT - SUP­PLIED

Karen Mackle knows what it’s like to be a scared child. Look­ing back, she knows she would have ben­e­fited from a com­fort pack at that time.

To­day, Mackle makes ted­dies for com­fort packs, and from now on hun­dreds of them will be a lit­tle more snug­gly for the chil­dren who need cud­dles the most.

Mackle and lo­cal heat­ing and in­su­la­tion in­stall­ers Com­fort­mas­ter have teamed up to pro­vide the Tedz4thekidz pro­gramme with the warm­est, soft­est and cud­dli­est ted­dies that Mackle can make.

Tedz4thekidz is a branch of 4theKidz, a reg­is­tered char­i­ta­ble trust fo­cused on sup­port­ing chil­dren and fam­i­lies, and the re­duc­tion of na­tional child abuse in­ci­dents. Mackle’s fo­cus on the Tedz4thekidz work is un­wa­ver­ing. Over time she has made 130 bears and 230 quilts. These are put with a torch and note­book and be­come a com­fort pack.

Each item has a pur­pose - the bear is a safe friend in a con­fus­ing world, the blan­ket is se­cu­rity, the torch means they are never alone in the dark and the note­book is a place for ex­pres­sion.

The pack­ages are stored at po­lice sta­tions around the coun­try and given to chil­dren who suf­fer a trau­matic in­ci­dent, some­times be­ing re­moved from their homes.

Com­fort­mas­ter’s Jarred Green said they would con­tinue to help Mackle for as long as she needs.

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Karen Mackle and Jarred Green are very ex­cited about the new snug­gly ted­dies to come.

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