Help Utah chil­dren by donat­ing stuffed an­i­mals

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The lit­tle boy was so trau­ma­tized by ne­glect and abuse that he spoke to his ther­a­pist from inside a card­board box for two years. Inside, he clung to his trusted teddy bear—the only one he felt com­fort­able with enough to have inside with him. This child—and thou­sands of oth­ers like him—has ben­e­fited from your do­na­tions to Bank of Amer­i­can Fork’s Project Teddy Bear. Each hol­i­day sea­son, we col­lect new and clean, gen­tly used stuffed an­i­mals to give to chil­dren at fam­ily support cen­ters across Utah. Many of the chil­dren are vic­tims of abuse, ne­glect, poverty or ad­dic­tion. Some have been taken from their homes into state cus­tody dur­ing the night; oth­ers have been moved from one foster home to another; yet oth­ers have ex­pe­ri­enced the vi­o­lent loss of a loved one.

When th­ese chil­dren, and per­haps all chil­dren, can hug and hold their own teddy bear, it brings com­fort and a feel­ing of safety.

You can help. Project Teddy Bear is an op­por­tu­nity for you to join with the com­mu­ni­ties in Davis, Salt Lake and Utah coun­ties, and do­nate teddy bears and other stuffed an­i­mals. Start­ing this month, all Bank of Amer­i­can Fork branches will be ac­cept­ing do­na­tions of new or clean and gen­tly used stuffed an­i­mals through De­cem­ber 16.

Project Teddy Bear helps chil­dren in abu­sive and not so good sit­u­a­tions find com­fort.

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